Sunflower Seeds are power-packed with healthy fats, proteins, fibres, minerals and so much more.
Health benefits of SUNFLOWER SEEDS
- Sunflower Seeds are high in dietary fibre. The soluble dietary fibre in the sunflower seeds plays a role in glucose absorption and maintaining a healthy blood cholesterol level, while the insoluble dietary fibre helps to keep the gut healthy and contributes to regular laxation, thereby helping to treat constipation.
- Sunflower Seeds are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s). Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats (such as PUFA’s) in the diet, contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
- Sunflower Seeds are high in vitamin B1 (thiamine) (20 - 30 g serving). Vitamin B1 is necessary for normal carbohydrate metabolism, normal neurological and cardiac function, normal functioning of the nervous system, normal psychological functioning and normal functioning of the heart.
- Sunflower Seeds are a source of folate (30 g serving). Folate contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy and is essential for the normal development of the unborn baby. It contributes to normal amino acid synthesis and helps to form body proteins, genetic material and red blood cells. It contributes to psychological function and a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system. It is necessary for normal blood formation. It has a role in the process of cell division. Folate is needed for energy production and is involved in protein metabolism.
- Sunflower Seeds are very high in vitamin E (10 – 30 g serving). Vitamin E is an antioxidant and contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress (free radical damage). It also helps maintain a healthy immune system and assists in cardiovascular health.
- Sunflower Seeds are a source of magnesium (20-30 g serving). Magnesium helps maintain a healthy muscle and nervous system and contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It is also necessary for teeth and bone structure and the maintenance thereof.
- Sunflower Seeds are a source of phosphorus (30 g serving). Phosphorus contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth and bones, as well as cell membranes. It is also necessary for normal energy metabolism.
- Sunflower Seeds are a source of potassium (containing more than 200 mg potassium per 30 g serving). Potassium is necessary for normal water and electrolyte balance. It contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and muscle function. Potassium also contributes to normal blood pressure and regular heart rhythm.
- Sunflower Seeds are virtually free of sodium. A high intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium, together with a low sodium intake, is associated with protection against bone demineralization, arterial hypertension, insulin resistance, and overall cardiovascular risk.
- Sunflower Seeds are high in copper (20 – 30 g serving). Copper aids in the formation of bone. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and nervous system.
- Sunflower Seeds are a source of manganese (20 – 30 g serving). Manganese contributes to the normal formation of connective tissue. It is necessary for normal bone formation, the formation of cartilage and lubrication of joints. It also contributes to cell protection from free radical damage.
- Add sunflower seeds to your favourite tuna, chicken or turkey salad recipe.
- Add Sunflower Seeds to your homemade granola.
- Garnish mixed green salads with sunflower seeds.
- Use fine ground sunflower seeds to dust your meats with in place of flour.
- Sprinkle sunflower seeds onto hot and cold cereals.