Updated: June 2, 2018
Sunflower seeds are one of the delicious edible seed cultivated many regions throughout the world with numerous health advantages. The scientific name of Sunflower seed is Helianthus annuus. It belongs to the Genus: Helianthus, family: Asteraceae. It is believed that this Edible seed is native to the Middle American region, but now it is also cultivated widely all over the world, such as Russian Union, China, USA, and Argentina for domestic and commercial purpose.
Due to various types of Vitamin, Minerals and nutrients, present in the Sunflower seeds, it has lots of health benefits. Among that some of the health benefits of Sunflower seeds include preventing the Risk of Cancer, contains high amount of antioxidant, improves Digestive Health, reduces Blood Pressure, improves Brain Health, reduce cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, prevents the Risk of Anemia, improves Eyesight, contain Antioxidant Properties, improves Bone Health and improves skin health.
Sunflower seeds contain lots of Vitamin, Minerals and other components. Some of the vitamins Sunflower seeds have Vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folate, Thiamin, Niacin, Pyridoxine, Pantothenic acid and Riboflavin. Sunflower seeds also contain Omega 3 fatty acids, Omega 6 fatty acids, dietary fiber, sodium and potassium, which have lots of health advantages. Apart from this Sunflower seeds also contain minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, protein, zinc, copper and Manganese. The best part of the Sunflower seeds is, it contains zero cholesterol. Sunflower seeds also contain some of the photo-nutrients, such as Carotene.
Due to the high amount of poly-unsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid and mono-unsaturated oleic acid present in Sunflower seeds, it is very helpful for our cardiovascular health and it also helps to reduce the cholesterol level. Different studies have been proven that consumption of Sunflower seeds on a regular basis can reduce the bad cholesterol level from our body, such as LDL cholesterol and also helps to increase the good cholesterol level in our body, such as HDL cholesterol, thus control the cholesterol level in our body that prevents various types of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, heart stroke, etc.
Sunflower seeds contain high amount of potassium, which act as a vasodilator that means it helps to reduce the strain from the blood vessels and provide smooth passage to the blood through arteries, thus reduce the pressure from cardiovascular system and lower the blood pressure.
Different studies have been proven that, due to the high amount of dietary fiber present in Sunflower seeds, it is very beneficial to improve our digestive health and prevent various types of digestion related issues, such as constipation, gas, bloating, diarrhea, cramping, etc.
Sunflower seeds are highly rich in various types of antioxidant, such as, vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E, and some polyphenol compounds such as chlorogenic acid, quinic acid, and caffeic acids, which is very beneficial in preventing various types of cancer because it helps in fighting against free radicals and neutralized them, so that they should not do any oxidative damaged to our healthy cells and these free radicals are the main cause of various types of cancer.
Sunflower seeds are highly rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, which is very beneficial for our Immune system because it promotes the production of white blood cells in our body, which is the main element of our immune system and it also helps to prevent various types of common diseases, such as flu, cold, cough, viral fiber, etc.
Due to the high amount of iron found in Sunflower seeds, it is very beneficial in reducing the risk of anemia. Different studies have been proven that consumption of Sunflower seeds on a regular basis can improve the iron level in our body, thus prevent the risk of anemia.
Sunflower seeds contain high amount of vitamin E, which is very beneficial for our body and also helps to prevent inflammation in our body. Different studies have been proven that consumption of Sunflower seeds on a regular basis can prevent various types of inflammatory diseases like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc.
Due to the high amount of anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties present in Sunflower seeds can help in reducing the various kinds of skin related issues. Different studies have been proven that consumption of Sunflower seeds can help in preventing wrinkles, dark spots, signs of aging, etc.
Due to high amount of anti-bacterial properties present in Sunflower seeds, it is very beneficial for our scalp and it also helps to prevent various bacterial infections in our head scalp. Sunflower seeds contain high amount of zinc and vitamin E, which helps in improving the blood circulation to our head scalp that promote the hair growth.
Due to the high amount of calcium, phosphorus and copper found in Sunflower seeds, it is very beneficial for our bone health. Calcium is an important mineral in our bone structure and it helps to increase the bone density. Different studies have been proven that regular consumption of Sunflower seeds can reduce the risk of Osteoporosis disease.
Sunflower seeds contain high amount of antioxidant elements, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and some polyphenol compounds like, hlorogenic acid, quinic acid, and caffeic acids, which is very beneficial to reduce the risk of various types of cancer, macular degeneration and age related issues.
Sunflower seeds contain high amounts of magnesium, which is very beneficial in soothing the nerves, and eases stress and migraines, thus helps in relaxing your mind. Beside this Sunflower seeds contain high amount of tryptophan and choline that help in reducing anxiety and depression. Different studies have been proven that Choline present in Sunflower seeds helps to improve brain function and boosts memory.
Due to high amount of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation properties of Sunflower seeds, it helps in reducing the risk of Asthma.
|Nutrient||Unit||Value per 100 g|
|Total lipid (fat)||g||51.46|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||g||20.00|
|Fiber, total dietary||g||8.6|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||mg||1.4|
|Vitamin A, RAE||µg||3|
|Vitamin A, IU||IU||50|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)||mg||35.17|
|Vitamin D (D2 + D3)||µg||0.0|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone)||µg||0.0|
|Fatty acids, total saturated||g||4.455|
|Fatty acids, total monounsaturated||g||18.528|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated||g||23.137|