Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds
If you want to improve your health then seeds and nuts are the way to go. Sunflower seeds and sunflower oil especially can have a lot of health benefits. Here are five of the best health benefits of sunflower.
Sunflower Seeds are Rich in Vitamin E
Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, which the body uses to burn through fat and help you lose weight. Vitamin E also keeps your cells safe from free radicals. These chemicals cause oxidative damage to cell membranes, proteins, and even your DNA. Vitamin E also boosts circulation by stimulating the production of red blood cells. Overall there are lots of benefits to vitamin E and one ounce of sunflower seeds has two-thirds of your RDI ( Recommended Daily Intake ) of the stuff.
Sunflower Seeds are Rich in Vitamin B-1
As well as containing plenty of vitamin E sunflower seeds contain a lot of vitamin B-1, also known as thiamine. This B-vitamin activates the enzymes in your cells and powers the chemical reactions that keep them working properly. Like every other B-vitamin thiamine is used to get energy from food and produce the nucleic acids that eventually become DNA. The RDI of thiamine is 1.1mg for women and 1.2mg for men. An ounce of sunflower seeds give you a third of this.
Sunflower Seeds Keep You Energized
Sunflower seeds may contain fat but the good news is that it’s the “healthy” kind of fat; monounsaturated fats. When most people talk about how fat is bad for you they mean saturated fats. These are the fats that are hard to get rid of and contribute to that belly you’re trying to get rid of. They slow you down and can make you feel tired and sluggish. Monounsaturated fats on the other hand provide you with plenty of natural energy to keep you going.
Sunflower Boosts Heart Health
As well as keeping you energised the fatty acids in sunflower oil, such as linoleic acid, are good for your heart. While it’s true that too much linoleic acid (along with the other omega-6 fatty acids) can be bad for you, they are also needed and are great in moderation. Sunflower has a great balance of all of these fats and there are no saturated fats. As such it helps to reduce cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.
Sunflower Contains Anti-Inflammatories and Antioxidants
All of the vitamins and healthy fats in sunflower also contribute to the anti-inflammatory effects of sunflower. Sunflower oil has been shown to help control asthma, along with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. The antioxidants in sunflower also keep your immune system healthy, which keeps the whole body healthy as a result. It toughens up the skin by creating membrane barriers to keep bacteria and viruses at bay and it’s particularly helpful for keeping babies healthy; especially premature babies who are at greater risk of infection.
Given all the great health benefits of sunflower there should be no question that you need more of this radiant yellow flower (or at least its seeds and oil) in your life.
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