Sunflower seeds are far more than just a delicious smoothie addition or a great snack when you're road tripping…
Despite their tiny size, sunflower seeds are little nutritional powerhouses, loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and essential oils. In fact, they're one of the most nutrient dense seeds around!
Keep reading to learn about five top health benefits of sunflower seeds.
Five reasons to add more sunflower seeds to your diet
#1: Sunflower seeds promote a healthy mood
Thanks to the high magnesium content in sunflower seeds, these little seeds support a good mood. Did you know that over one hundred years ago, doctors used to give depression
patients magnesium sulphate to boost their mood? The safety and success of magnesium sulphate as a depression
remedy made it a valuable option. It’s no wonder that nowadays, magnesium plays a vital role in homeopathic therapies for mental health
#2: Sunflower seeds support your thyroid health
Sunflower seeds are brimming with an essential trace mineral known as selenium. A number of studies have shown that selenium plays a major role in antioxidant function and can help reduce swelling and redness in your body. This fantastic mineral has also been identified for its critical role in thyroid hormone metabolism. Selenium helps encourage DNA repair in damaged cells in your body.
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#3: Sunflower seeds reduce your bad cholesterol levels
Sunflower seeds are rich in phytosterols, or plant sterols, a family of molecules that are related to cholesterol
. Phytosterols have similar properties to cholesterol, and more than once, studies have associated them with lowering bad (or LDL) cholesterol levels while upping good (or HDL) cholesterol levels.
#4: Sunflower seeds slash your risk of heart disease
Sunflower seeds are rich in two essential heart health nutrients
, vitamin E and folate. One quart-cup serving of the seeds packs a whopping 50% of your recommend daily allowance of vitamin E! This crucial vitamin plays an important role in antioxidant function. Research has linked balanced levels of vitamin E to lower overall risk of early death from heart disease
Folate, on the other hand, has been proven to boost heart health from birth to old age by metabolising homocysteine, an indicator of heart problems, into methionine, an essential amino acid. Furthermore, folate as well as the fatty acids that naturally occur in sunflower seeds have been strongly associated with improved overall heart health.
#5: Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of magnesium
Sunflower seeds pack more than 25% of your recommended daily allowance of magnesium, a trace mineral that’s essential to many aspects of your health. Low levels of magnesium can cause nervous system, immune system
and heart problems. The muscles of your skeletal system also need magnesium to function optimally. Homeopathic practitioners swear by this mineral to reduce PMS tension, improve respiratory function and promote heart health.
Be sure to add more sunflower seeds to your diet ASAP!