Sunflowers are full of antioxidants. These help your body slow down aging and fight against chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
Just an ounce of sunflower seeds a day can go a long way toward better health.
Here are ways in which sunflowers nurture the human body:
Sunflowers are a good source of zinc, which is vital to a strong immune system. The zinc in sunflower seeds can help your body fend off infections and heal wounds.
Fiber is essential to controlling cholesterol. The American Cancer Society recommends we all get 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day; most of us only get 11 grams. Sunflower seeds are packed with fiber: that 1-ounce serving provides 2 grams of fiber. What a tasty way to get your fiber! (And that fiber is helpful at preventing digestive issues like constipation, too!)
The phytochemicals in sunflower seeds can contribute to better heart health. Vitamin E, betaine, arginine, and lignans may all help prevent heart disease.
The vitamin E that naturally occurs in sunflower seeds may help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies indicate that natural whole-food sources of vitamin E are more effective than supplements. Just 1 ounce of sunflower seeds provides 84% of your daily recommended vitamin E intake.
Save the disc flowers as you harvest your large sunflower heads. Dry them out and use them to brew a light, refreshing tea.
Did you know that sunflowers can be so healthful? Please tell us about healthy ways you use sunflowers.