Sunflower – The Truth about Its Health Benefits

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Many have considered sunflower seeds to be one of the richest in essential minerals. The concentration of calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, selenium, iron, and cooper is very high. These minerals have important role in human organism and metabolism. They are vital for red blood cell production, bone mineralization, hormone production, and regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities, in a word, for overall health.

Being rich in magnesium, seed are necessary for strong bones. When one is lacking magnesium, migraine headaches, fatigue, soreness and muscle tension are common results.  Cooper is vital for the functions of the enzymes that link collagen and elastin, providing strength in bones and joints.

Sunflower seeds also contain amino acids that produce serotonin that, on the other hand, relives the tension, and promotes relaxation.

The amount of vitamins present in sunflower seeds is very important. Being rich in vitamin E, seeds are powerful soluble antioxidant, that protect the skin from harmful free radicals, and that maintain the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes. Due to vitamin E, seed have anti-inflammatory properties. By protecting cellular and molecular components, vitamin E reduces the symptoms of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

On the other hand, the amount of niacin helps reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. It also reduces neurosis and anxiety, because it enhances GABA activity in the brain. Other important compounds in seeds are thiamine pyridoxine, riboflavin and pantothenic acid.

Seeds are great source of proteins as well. 100 grams of seeds provide 21 gram of proteins.

Due to all these characteristics, sunflower seeds are very beneficial food.

 

Health Benefits of Sunflower Oils

We use three types of sunflower oil: linoleic oil, high oleic and NaSun oil. These oils have different levels of fatty acids, in particular, the different percentage of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats. All of the oils are very healthy, because they are all low in saturated fats.

It does not matter which oil one prefers they are all natural energy.

Due to the rich minerals and vitamins, they lower the chance of heart attack and cardiovascular diseases.

Sunflower oils neutralize cancer causing free radicals.

Due to the vitamin E, the oils are natural antioxidants, thus they help skin maintain its elasticity. Because oils are natural moisturisers, they help retain water in cells.