Sunflower seeds (surajmukhi ke beej) are tiny in size but packed with many essential nutrients. The use of sunflower seeds for nutrition is believed to date back to 3000 BC. In India, Sunflower seeds are cultivated mostly for making sunflower oil though the concept of eating whole sunflower seeds is catching on.Sunflower seeds are high in magnesium (100g contains 129 mg, 31% RDA), Vitamin E (1/4 cup can give 60% RDA), Vitamin B complex, important trace elements like selenium and folate.
Benefits of Sunflower seed –
A one-ounce portion (roughly a quarter cup) of raw pumpkin seeds provides about 150 calories, 15 grams of healthful fat, just a few grams of carbs, and an impressive 8 to 10 grams of plant protein. They’re also nutrient-packed, and health protective. Here are six key pumpkin seed perks, and some simple ways to incorporate them into your meals and snacks.
Immunity boosting effects of sunflower seeds are due to the presence of vitamin E, zinc and selenium in them.
Vitamin E enhances immune responses and protects against several infectious diseases. It is also a powerful antioxidant and prevents free radicals from damaging healthy cells in our body.
The fibre content of sunflower seeds decreases levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood.
Niacin or vitamin B3 present in sunflower seeds reduces total cholesterol levels and risk of heart diseases.
Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid in sunflower seeds increases HDL cholesterol and reduces total serum cholesterol levels.
Boosts function of Brain
Sunflower seeds contain vitamin B6. It improves mood and concentration and enhances memory. It releases serotonin and norepinephrine in our body.
Sunflower seeds also help to ease symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Good for our Skin
Consuming sunflower seeds keep our skin glowing. Antibacterial and antifungal activity of these seeds also prevents infections, thus keeping our skin clear.Oleic and linoleic acids, present in sunflower seeds help in the formation of collagen and elastin, speeding up wound healing. They also prevent the formation of scars.
Helps in Weight Loss
Sunflower seeds are rich in proteins and fibre. They make us feel full for a long time, reduce our food intake and finally reduce the number of calories consumed. This helps in reduction of weight.
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