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5 Super Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

5 Super Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

The sunflower is one of my favorite flowers, and its plentiful seeds are packed with health benefits that can help you from head to toe. They’re easily available all year round, and just a scant handful of them can mean dramatic improvement in the way you feel.

Here’s a short list of what they can do for you:

  • They  control cell damage, thus playing a role in preventing cancer. This is because sunflower seeds are a good source of selenium, which is a proven enemy of cancer.
  • They contain bone-healthy minerals. Besides calcium, your bones need magnesium and copper to stay strong. Sunflower seeds have both these minerals. As a bonus, they also contain Vitamin E, which helps ease arthritic pain.
  • They keep you calm. Yes! The magnesium in sunflower seeds is reputed for soothing the nerves, thus easing away stress, migraines and helping you relax.
  • They bring a glow to your skin. The star in this role: Vitamin E again, which combats UV rays and keeps skin youthful.
  • They ease every condition that’s inflammatory in nature, such as joint pain, gastric ulcers, skin eruptions, asthma and such. That’s because sunflower seeds are loaded with antioxidants.
  • Just ¼ cup of sunflower seeds a day can keep heart troubles away. These small seeds disallow ‘bad’ cholesterol from sticking to the walls of your arteries, thus preventing heart attacks.

With their crunchy, nutty taste, sunflower seeds can easily become a regular part of your daily diet. Sprinkle them on your salads, granola, stir-fries. Stir them into yogurt, pop them into sandwiches, rice, pasta, or knead them into your dough…the possibilities are as endless as the good qualities of these sun-loving seeds.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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8:28PM PST on Nov 22, 2014

Thanks

4:53AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

Let's thank for and treasure what our nature has given us

6:17PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

oh yes and they are super delicious ! Thank U

4:35AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Thanks for info

12:33AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Wonderful information, I have written an article on sunflower seeds in my blog.

7:29AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Good to know as I buy them by the bags full and use them as a snack as opposed to grabbing something that is not so good for me. Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers as well, they always grab my attention.

6:09AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

find book: The Most.Important.Knowledge.You.would.Ever.Read.Implement.and.Live.up.to.Forever (#3.1 all health)

2:29AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Thanks

8:30AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

I love them :)

12:26AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

The effect of sunflower seeds in treating heart disease or cancer has not been proven so far. Selenium acts as an antioxidant, but even doses 50x higher than those in sunflower seeds had no beneficial effect in treating disease.

All minerals and vitamins in sunflower seeds help to prevent mineral and vitamin deficiency, but they don't seem to treat any disease.
http://www.hxbenefit.com/are-sunflower-seeds-good-for-you.html

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