Lots of people are mad about sunflower seeds at the moment and they have reason to be. Sunflower seeds have many nutrients that have a positive effect on the body. Read on to discover more about the nutritious benefits of this wonder seed!
Sunflower seeds: Benefits and contribution
Just like other oleaginous seeds, sunflower seeds are rich in:
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids which are effective a preventing cardiovascular illnesses,
- Minerals including phosphorus, magnesium and iron.
- Vitamin E is an antioxidant which protects cells against free radicals and strengthens the immune system.
According to nutritionists, eating a 30 g portion of oleaginous seeds like sunflower seeds per day is enough to cover a daily intake of vitamin E.
As they are rich in fats, sunflower seeds can go off. That is why it is recommended that you eat them quickly and then conserve them in a dry, cool and shaded place.
What seeds should you choose?
The majority of the time the seed’s origin is marked on the packet. So as to avoid any traces of pesticides or other chemical residues you should try to choose organic products. You should also try an choose products that come from the European Union as crop production is more regulated.
According to dietitians, it is better to eat sunflower seeds naturally or occasionally salted as salt can increase your risk of pulmonary hypertension which is a risk factor for cardiovascular illnesses.
Sunflower seeds: The best for your heath?
The seeds set themselves apart from other seeds due to their high levels of vitamin E and omega-6. However these nutrients can also be found in rapeseed or sunflower oil. Sunflower seeds are also one of the seeds or nuts which are rich in omega-3 which is a rarer indispensable fatty acid which is found in walnuts, linseeds, chia seeds and hemp.