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Sunflower seeds: health benefits of Sunflower seeds!

Sunflower seeds: health benefits of Sunflower seeds!

July 1, 2016 15:06

 

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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