Sunflower – A Path towards a Healthy Life

03. February 2017 Sunflower 0
Sunflower – A Path towards a Healthy Life

Abundant benefits of sunflower can ensure a healthy and long run life. The sunflower plant with bright yellow-colored flower petals can be a great treat for your health. The flower has a seed-studded center, these grayish-green colored seeds of the flower are encased in teardrop-shaped black or gray shells (black and white stripes). These seeds have a high oil content and both seeds and oil of Sunflower can aid in plenty of health issues.

Read the article to know how these small-sized sunflower seeds can be extraordinarily beneficial for your health:

1) For Cardiovascular Health

Two nutrients found in sunflower seeds – Vitamin E and folate can promote cardiovascular health. A quarter-cup serving of these seeds can provide you around 60% of the daily requirement of Vitamin E. The vitamin E content of Sunflower seeds can avoid the oxidation of cholesterol, which may stick to the blood vessel walls and block the arteries. Moreover, the folate content of sunflower can promote the cardiovascular health from birth to old age by metabolizing homocysteine, which can indicate cardiovascular problems.

2) Can Lower Bad Cholesterol

Sunflower seeds with the dense content of phytosterols (a compound which can lower bad cholesterol) are also loaded with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which can lower bad cholesterol. Apart from this, the high fiber content of these seeds can lower the bad cholesterol level.

3) Cancer Prevention

Due to a high content of Vitamin E, copper and selenium, which are high antioxidants, sunflower seeds can prevent and reduce the cellular damage due to cancer and protect the tissues from any such radical damage. The compounds of the sunflower seeds can naturally inhibit the cancer cell growth.

4) Potent Magnesium Source

Our muscle and the skeletal system require magnesium for strong bone health. Magnesium deficiency can lead to severe health problems. Sunflower seeds have a high content of magnesium and Vitamin E. Magnesium helps in bone structuring and strengthening and Vitamin E is effective in Arthritis disease, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

5) Anti Depression

Sunflower seeds can reduce the depression, calm our brain and relieve tension. Choline compound of sunflower seeds improves the cognitive function and memory, while the magnesium content can help in diminishing migraine frequency, prevent heart attack and lower blood pressure and thus can reduce the risk of hypertension.

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