The sunflower seed is the fruit of the sunflower. There are three types of commonly used sunflower seeds: linoleic (most common), high oleic, and NuSun.
Sunflower seeds contain numerous vitamins and minerals that help the body maintain function optimally. These seeds are a good source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps protect cells against damage from free radicals. Selenium, found in sunflower seeds, is a mineral that works with vitamin E as an antioxidant to help protect cells from damage.
Sunflower seeds also contain significant amounts of good fats, folate, copper, zinc, iron and fiber.
Benefits of eating sunflower seeds:
- Protects from cardiovascular disease
- Alleviation of inflammation
- Lowers cholesterol
- Protects nerves, muscles and blood vessels
- Reduces the risk of cancer
- Detoxifies the body
- Relieves stress
Note: Regularly over-indulging in sunflower seeds can contribute to an expanding waistline and increase your sodium intake. Stick to one serving of sunflower seeds a day to reap their benefits and limit your risk of unwanted side effects.
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