Benefits from Sunflower Seeds

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 1.42.05 PM They are readily available anywhere, yet few people seem to enjoying the many health benefits of sunflower seeds. Aside from being a great-tasting snack food, did you know that the seeds are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, as well as essential oils.

A cup of sunflower seeds has about 60% of the required daily Vitamin E value your body needs. Thus, it is a powerful anti-oxidant that can help reduce a lot of health risks, including cardiovascular problems. With its ability to rid the body of free radicals, it protects the cell membranes from swelling and redness, which has been linked to many serious diseases as well.

Sunflower seeds can also be a rich source of Magnesium, which is vital for the muscles and the skeletal system. It helps the muscles become less tensed. A deficiency in this usually translates to various homeopathic problems, including the simple PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) and migraine. Regularly eating a quarter cup of sunflower seeds should help alleviate discomfort and other symptoms. Additionally, with a strong magnesium content, the seeds has been known to improve mood and emotional condition, thus improving mental health.

Munching on sunflower seeds can help with improving cholesterol, as it contains phytosterols, a kind of substance that is said to be similar with good cholesterol.

You can eat sunflower seeds as it is, or find food items with its extracts, like sunflower butter, or spread and creams. Make sure however, that you’re getting a GMO-free bottle, when you do purchase your sunflower goodies.

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POSTED BY on Sep 9 under Health and Fitness

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