The sunflower seed is the fruit of the sunflower. Sunflower seeds are more commonly eaten as a snack than as part of a meal. They can also be used as garnishes or ingredients in various recipes. The seeds can also be sprouted and eaten in salads, they may also be roasted or dusted with salt or flour for preservation of flavor.
The information in this article refers mainly to the health benefits of consuming sunflower seeds and how it will help fight off dangerous diseases.
When your body have too much cholesterol, the Heath implications are very severe.
The fibre content of sunflower seeds decreases levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood.
Niacin or vitamin B3 present in sunflower seeds reduces total cholesterol levels and risk of heart diseases.
Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid in sunflower seeds increases HDL cholesterol and reduces total serum cholesterol levels.
High Blood Pressure:
Sunflower seeds are rich in oleic and linoleic acid and low in saturated fats and sodium. They also contain magnesium, potassium and fibre.
They help to lower blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels. Consuming them also reduces the occurrence of arrhythmias. All these effects help to protect our body from occurrence of cardiovascular disorders.
Beta-sitosterol, a phytosterol present in sunflower seeds helps to prevent breast cancer. It inhibits the growth of tumour cells, decreases the size of the tumour and also prevents metastasis.
Presence of strong antioxidants in sunflower seeds also reduces the risk of cancer. Consumption of these seeds also reduces the chances of colon cancer.
Sunflower seeds are useful in reducing blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sunflower seeds contain vitamin B6. It improves mood and concentration and enhances memory. It releases serotonin and norepinephrine in our body.
Sunflower seeds also help to ease symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Sunflower seeds are rich in proteins and fibre. They make us feel full for a long time, reduce our food intake and finally reduce the number of calories consumed. This helps in reduction of weight.
Sunflower seeds are a good source of iron. Consuming these seeds helps to up our iron levels; thus helping people suffering from anaemia.
Consuming sunflower seeds keep our skin glowing. Antibacterial and antifungal activity of these seeds also prevents infections, thus keeping our skin clear.
Oleic and linoleic acids, present in sunflower seeds help in the formation of collagen and elastin, speeding up wound healing. They also prevent the formation of scars.
Immunity boosting effects of sunflower seeds are due to the presence of vitamin E, zinc and selenium in them.
Vitamin E enhances immune responses and protects against several infectious diseases. It is also a powerful antioxidant and prevents free radicals from damaging healthy cells in our body.
Zinc protects our body from inflammation, allergies and invading pathogens, thus preventing infections and increasing overall immunity.
Selenium reduces inflammation and enhances immunity. It also helps to reduce oxidative stress from free radicals.
Helps to Detox our Body:
Sunflower seeds have potent antibacterial activity. They help in effectively removing bacteria and germs from cells.They also help to flush out toxins from our body.
So whenever you pass by the market make sure to get sunflower seeds for your home, as the saying goes " prevention is better than cute". Keep safe out there and follow the COVID-19 safety protocols.
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