Full of sun and benefits
Sunflowers originate from North America. They arrived in Europe in the mid-16th century through Spanish explorers. Initially its cultivation was merely used for ornamentation, but later the plant's nutritional value was realized through its seeds and oils.
They are very popular in snacks and mixes, but many people are still unaware of all the benefits these small seeds hide.
Pumpkin seeds are harvested from the sunflower flower head, which can be up to 30 cm in diameter and contain up to 2000 seeds each. And they come with an incredible flavor! They are soft and easy to eat, what’s not to like?
Sunflower seeds are a true superfood
They are loaded with many essential nutrients, especially vitamin E, vitamin B1, selenium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper. These are nutrients that act in the prevention of various diseases. They are also rich in flavonoids and phenolic acids, powerful antioxidants.
Sunflower seeds have anti-inflammatory properties
Chronic inflammation is the cause of many serious illnesses.
One study suggested that regular consumption of sunflower seeds and other seeds could be responsible for a 32% reduction in levels of C-reactive protein, a marker associated with heart disease and diabetes.
They are an excellent source of vitamin E and selenium
Vitamin E and selenium are considered potent antioxidants, helping to prevent and control unwanted cellular oxidation. Together with selenium (also present in sunflower seeds), vitamin E also contributes to healthy skin, hair and nails.
Selenium also contributes to a normal immune system, normal spermatogenesis and normal thyroid function.
Sunflower seeds also offer thiamine
Also known as vitamin B1, thiamine contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal functioning of the nervous system, normal psychological function and also to the normal functioning of the heart.
Sunflower seeds are rich in unsaturated fatty acids
Its composition is rich in beneficial fats such as Omega-6 and 9 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is beneficial for controlling cholesterol levels. These nutrients contribute to normal cardiovascular health.
Sunflower seeds have an important content of copper, magnesium, zinc and manganese
These minerals are essential for our body and can contribute to:
- Normal cognitive and psychological function
- Reduction of tiredness and fatigue
- Normal functioning of the nervous system
- Normal functioning of the immune system
- Normal fertility and reproduction
- Normal metabolism of various macronutrients and micronutrients
- Maintenance of normal bones, teeth, hair and nails
Sunflower seeds may contribute to a healthy immune system
An excellent source of vitamins and minerals, consuming sunflower seeds can help you have a stronger immune system. Zinc helps the body maintain and develop immune system cells, while selenium helps reduce inflammation, fight infections and improve the immune response.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of energy
The protein levels in sunflower seeds, in combination with nutrients such as vitamin B and selenium, ensure energy for much of the day.
Other nutrients such as vitamin B1 (thiamine) ensure that food is transformed into energy, while for example selenium helps the blood carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.