Did you know that sunflower seeds and peanuts have a similar makeup when it comes to oil, protein, and carbohydrate content but peanuts lack the micronutrient content of sunflower seeds? Sunflower seeds are actually so high in nutrients that they’re considered a superfood.
- Sunflower Seeds are considered to be the best whole food source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes, brain cells, and lower the risk for chronic diseases.
- Sunflower seeds offer two times more protein than walnuts and pecans, and six times more Vitamin E than peanuts!
- Phytochemicals found in sunflower seeds promote cognitive functions and lower bad cholesterol.
- Naturally occurring chemical compounds found in sunflower seeds inhibit the growth of cancer cells and help fight colon, prostate and breast cancer.
- Sunflower seeds are chock full of micronutrients like iron that help transport oxygen from the lungs throughout the body.
- The magnesium found in sunflower seeds is believed to help sooth nerves, easing away stress and relieving migraines.
- Also high in copper, zinc, phosphorous, manganese and B vitamins.