Raw sunflower seeds Nutrition FactsSunflower seeds are commonly used as decoration or ingredients from different recipes and snacks, as part of salads and cereals. Eating raw sunflower seeds can drastically improve the regulation of blood pressure in the body, unlike any animal protein. Sunflower seeds are immensely rich in unsaturated fats (about 90).
They are seeds of sunflower good for you?
There are certain free radicals in the body that can damage cell membranes and even brain cells. To counteract and neutralize radicals such, vitamin E is required in adequate amount and this can be ensured by adopting raw sunflower seeds. Only a quarter cup of these seeds is enough to offset 90 of the daily needs of this essential vitamin in the body. Adequate amount of vitamin E in the body also reduces the chances of developing asthma and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), colon cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Apart from being a rich source of vitamin E, raw sunflower seeds also contain linoleic acid (essential fatty acid), amino acids and minerals. Amino acids, as we know, are the building blocks of proteins and minerals contained in raw sunflower seeds include magnesium, potassium, zinc.
Sunflower seeds that is rich in phytosterols and a good source of dietary fiber aid in reducing cholesterol levels in the body.
Low levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter) increases levels of anxiety, stress and depression. This neurotransmitter is formed from an amino acid known as tryptophan, which is one of the constituents rich sunflower seeds. Raw sunflower seeds aids in the production of serotonin, which when released, has a calming effect on the nerves and relieves anxiety, and almost all forms of depression.
Eating sunflower seeds helps in producing selenium in the body, which in turn results in maintenance aid cells from damage.
Copper is also required by the body to help carry oxygen to red blood cells. 25 of the daily requirement of this mineral is easily covered by one ounce of raw sunflower seeds.
Sunflower seeds contain vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction. Known as folate, and is responsible for the body’s cells for the manufacture of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid).
The nutritional value of raw sunflower seeds which is contained in one serving (1/4 cup) contains 11.0 g fat, 3.0 g of fiber and 6.0 g of protein. These seeds also provide the daily requirement of iron in the body, amounting to about 13. Apart from containing vitamin E, vitamin B-6 is also an important part of sunflower seeds.
Sunflower seeds are a rich source of zinc, which helps the body recover from injuries and fight infections. Approximately 10 of the daily need for this element can be obtained from these seeds.
Here is a table that shows the nutritional values of 100 g of raw sunflower seeds.
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Most people find it hard to believe that something as simple as sunflower seeds may have much to offer. So the best way to see and examine the benefits that these seeds have your health, you take a handful and ‘nibbles’ every day!