What Are the Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds?
Sunflower seeds come from the big round center of the sunflower, which turns throughout the day to follow the course of the Sun.
The sunflower is one of my favorite flowers, and it is plentiful seeds are packed with health benefits to help you from head to toe. They’re easily available all year round, and merely a scant handful of them often means dramatic improvement in the way you feel.
They also have a high amount of fat, which often leads people to veer from them when they are trying to lose weight. This appears like a logical idea, but in truth, they aren’t fattening. What matters most is when you use them in your diet.
Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Sunflower seeds contain two nutrients that promote cardiovascular health – vitamin E and folate. One fourth cup serving of sunflower seeds contains over 60% of the daily value of vitamin E. This essential vitamin performs important antioxidant function and balanced amounts of vitamin E have been linked to a lower overall reduced chance of early death from cardiovascular disease.
Sunflower seeds really are a good source of selenium. Studies suggest a strong correlation between low selenium intake and cancer incidence. Selenium has been proven to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells, to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, and also to induce their apoptosis, the self-destruct mechanism the body uses to get rid of worn out or abnormal cells.
Promote Healthy Cholesterol Levels
Sunflower seeds have a high level of phytosterols. These phytosterols have physical properties much like cholesterol; more than once, research has linked these to supporting healthy cholesterol levels.
Supports a Healthy Mood
There’s an additional benefit to the magnesium in sunflower seeds, it promotes a healthy mood. More than one hundred years ago, magnesium sulfate was given to patients struggling with depression. Its success, as well since it’s safety, made it a valuable option. Today magnesium plays an essential role in homeopathic therapies for mental health.
Sunflower seeds are particularly rich in magnesium. It is a well-known fact that calcium is necessary for strong bones, but magnesium is simply too. Most of the magnesium in the human body is within our bones. Some of it helps lend bones their physical structure, and it will be located on the surface of the bone where it’s stored for the body to use because it needs.
Potent Source of Magnesium
Magnesium deficiency can result in a variety of heath problems that affect the cardiovascular, nervous, and immune systems. The muscles and skeletal system also require magnesium for correct function. Homeopathic practitioners have long used magnesium to promote respiratory function, heart health, and reduced PMS tension.
Vitamin E has sometimes been referred to as the “lightning rod” of the cell, allowing reactive molecules to strike the cell, like lightning, without causing damage. This function of vitamin E is particularly apparent in the case of the skin, since vitamin E directly protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation.