Rise and Shine and give your body an energy boost with the nutrient rich Sunflower seeds. Studies conducted at the Linus Pauling Institute proved that people, who take nuts and seeds on a daily basis, live a healthy life, free of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
The sunflower seeds are derived from the beautiful yellow colored flowers and are enclosed in dark gray, black or green shells also called husks. The National Sunflower Association provides information about the sunflowers that they have been cultivated since 3000 B.C. and is native to the North America. However, Russia was the first country where these flowers were cultivated for commercial purposes.
The seeds of the sunflower are packed with essential nutrients that are hard to acquire from other sources. Some of the most important nutrients you will find the sunflower seeds are vitamin E, B vitamins such as B3, B6, phosphorus, thiamine, and selenium. A 1/4th cup of sunflower seeds gives you 16 g of fat, 4 g of fiber, 6g of protein and 190 calories. In addition, it provides 82% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin E and 70% of copper. Other essential nutrients include manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron folate and some beneficial fatty acids in the shape of linoleic acid.
Now let’s take a peek at what health benefits these powerful seeds can provide.