Are you as crazy as me? I just live for my healthy breakfast every morning. This morning I decided to make steal cut oats and added in so much goodness like chia seeds, strawberries, currents, and crushed sunflower seeds.
Did you know how good sunflower seeds are for us? Sunflower seeds take care of your hunger and also enhance your health by supplying significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium.
Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol. By protecting these cellular and molecular components, vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role. Vitamin E has also been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer, help decrease the severity and frequency of hot flashes in women going through menopause, and help reduce the development of diabetic complications.
Sunflower seeds are also a good source of magnesium. Numerous studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Magnesium is also necessary for healthy bones and energy production. About two-thirds of the magnesium in the human body is found in our bones. Magnesium helps give bones their physical structure.
Sunflower seeds are also a good source of selenium, a trace mineral that is of fundamental importance to human health. Accumulated evidence from prospective studies, intervention trials and studies on animal models of cancer has suggested a strong inverse correlation between selenium intake and cancer incidence. Selenium has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells, to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, and to induce their apoptosis, the self-destruct sequence the body uses to eliminate worn out or abnormal cells.
So here’s to the many benefits of this wonderful seed. They are inexpensive to purchase whole and can be ground up into a powder (that’s what I do)….
Have a blessed day everyone!