Sunflower seeds may be small in size, but they pack a big punch when it comes to nutrition. In this article, I’m going to explore the surprising nutritional benefits of sunflower seeds, including their high protein content, healthy fats, and abundance of vitamins and minerals. I’ll also discuss the antioxidants found in sunflower seeds and their potential to reduce the risk of disease. Whether you’re a vegetarian or vegan looking for a protein-rich snack, or simply want to add more nutrients to your diet, this article is a must-read. Do not therefore miss out on the chance to discover the surprising nutritional power of sunflower seeds.
These wonders of nature are a little-known superfood that packs a big nutritional knockout punch! These tiny seeds may look small, but they’re loaded with goodness and can have a massive impact on your health. Therefore, if you’re ready to learn about the surprising nutritional benefits of sunflower seeds, read below!
1. First off, sunflower seeds are a great source of protein.
One serving of sunflower seeds contains about 6 grams of protein, making them a great snack for vegetarians and vegans who are looking to increase their protein intake. If you are into fitness and do not want to use supplements or eat too much meat to get that much needed protein that builds muscles, sunflower seeds can be an all natural way to make that protein shake. They’re also a good source of fibre, which can help keep you feeling full and satisfied. Fibre is also good at regulating bowel movements, therefore if you’re struggling to visit the ladies, or the gents, sunflower seeds are a natural way to help you go.
2. Sunflower seeds are also rich in healthy fats.
They contain a type of fat called monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Additionally, they contain another type of fat called linoleic acid, which has been linked to improved skin health and a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. In this modern era of fast foods and a fast life, we have never been more in need of finding diet alternatives to much of what we consume. Sunflower seeds are not only delicious, but they also give us the fat insulation we need, without risking our health. We have to be careful however, because as with any fat, be it healthy or not, moderation is always key. Overconsumption can result in weight gain.
3. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, sunflower seeds are a powerhouse.
They’re a good source of vitamin E.
This is important for skin health and helps protect against free radicals that can cause damage to cells. While these seeds love the sun, our skin is not such a huge fan of it when consumed in excess. Sun damage ages the skin prematurely and can cause sun spots that are often stubborn to clear. This is as a result of free radicals. These little seeds have some of the much needed nutrients to help circumvent the work of free radicals and among the best antioxidants for anti ageing and anti sun damage is vitamin E. You can therefore consume these seeds, or even use them as a face-mask once or twice a week by grinding them in a blender perhaps with some avocado and leaving the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. If you do not struggle with acne, this mask can work better when mixed with a tissue oil of your choice. I personally adore the Celltone Tissue oil. It has worked wonders for my skin.
I am 38 years old, yet every so often I get confused for a 19 year old. Literally. The face in the featured image above is mine and my diet, which comprises of a variety of seeds including sunflower seeds has helped me look that young at 38, alongside the face masks I every so often create.
Sunflower seeds are also high in magnesium, which is important for maintaining strong bones, as well as regulating blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy.
4. Sunflower seeds are also high in antioxidants
Over and above Vitamin E that I already mentioned, sunflower seeds are important for protecting your cells from damage through a myriad of other antioxidants. One of the key antioxidants in these tiny wonders is Selenium, which has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and other diseases. A balanced diet incorporating seeds like Sunflower seeds mixed with exercise can mean a wealth of health benefits for you. It not only slows down ageing, but it also gives longevity making it possible for us to live busy lives whose stress levels get well circumvented in our bodies by healthy foods and active lifestyles.
5. Finally, sunflower seeds are incredibly versatile.
I mentioned above that sunflower seeds are delicious. With their nutty flavour, you can add them to salads, yogurt, smoothies, or even bake them into bread or muffins. They’re also great for snacking on their own, and you can even make your own sunflower seed butter if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to peanut butter.
So there you have it – the surprising nutritional benefits of sunflower seeds. Whether you’re looking to add more protein, healthy fats, or vitamins and minerals to your diet, sunflower seeds are a great choice. So, why not give them a try today?
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