03 Feb For the love of sunflowers
I love sunflowers. They’re one of my favorite flowers – big, bright and beautiful! As it turns out, their plentiful, low GI seeds are packed with health benefits. And, they’re available all year round.
The 6 secrets of sunflower seeds:
- They are great sources of healthy fats, protein, dietary fiber and important trace elements like iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium and copper for bone health and general vitality.
- They can help control cell damage by activating antioxidant enzymes in the body. This is because sunflower seeds contain selenium, which may also preserve elasticity, slow the aging process, prevent abnormal clotting, and stimulate antibody formation in response to vaccines.
- Sunflower seeds are also loaded with magnesium and antioxidants like E and B Vitamins and are believed to assist in easing inflammation, thereby helping to ease joint pain, arthritis, asthma, gastric ulcers, skin eruptions and more.
- They can help ease stress and keep you calm. Magnesium, found in sunflower seeds, is used to help treat anxiety, ADHD, migraines, and leg cramps during pregnancy, helping you to relax.
- They are packed with Vitamin E which can help to give your skin a healthy glow, combat damage from UV rays, and keep skin youthful.
- Just a good handful of sunflower seeds a day can keep heart troubles away. The good oils in these seeds can assist in preventing ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) from building up in your arteries. They can also improve oxygen flow to the heart, thus, helping to prevent heart disease.
So if these are not all good reasons to eat sunflower seeds, then maybe their crunchy, nutty taste is. Sunflower seeds can easily become a regular part of your daily diet, just toss them through your salads, throw some in your stir-fries, stir them into yoghurt, sprinkle them on sandwiches, or mix through rice or pasta. I think you get the idea. The possibilities are as endless as the amazing qualities of these wholesome, sun-loving seeds.
See below for our sunflower seed dip!
This is a great dip if you are on the go, heading for a picnic or even for morning tea at work, as you can easily pop some into a Zestio Reusable Food Pouch and squeeze it out onto a cracker or vegetable stick without hassle or mess.