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Valuable sunflower seeds nutrition benefits

Updated on September 2, 2012
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Remarkable sunflower field

Have you ever seen sunflower field before? If you have then you are lucky, because they are so beautiful.

Sunflowers origin’s within South America region and was highly cultivated around 1500 BC for infamous sun flower seed oil.

Somehow due to the seed extensive benefits gained more popularity, today these stunning big blossom yellow flowers have been widely planted all over the world.

Helianthus annuus or sun flowers with heliotropism in nature, in other words they can rotate, searching, following and facing the sun-light. We call the plant’s movement phototropic means the orienting response to light sources which in this case the sun.

Sunflower has auxin, a plant hormone that control growth. The stem growth direction usually will attract to the source of lights. The full blossom and much bigger flower will no longer equipped with heliotropism characteristic, even they will always facing to the east where the sun rises.

Sun flower is a seasonal plant, and only grow for one year. Do you know where the best place for this yellow flower to grow the best is? Yes you are right, it is the place where fully exposed to sun-light.

But sun is not the only thing that matter, you also need fertile soil and enough humidity to get better results. The sunflower can reach 2 to 3 meter in length, that’s probably higher than average human height.

The stunning looks is not the only thing that makes sunflower greatly cultivated, the sunflower seed good for you because of nutritional content. For that reason, the sunflower seeds have been increasingly consumed in many countries.

The biggest sunflower field and cultivators can be found in United States, South Africa, Serbia, Argentine, China, India, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia.

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What make sunflower seeds good for you?

Sun flower seeds good for you and your health, one of many reasons because they have linoleic acid, one of unsaturated omega 6 fatty acids found in plants and oils made from vegetables.

If you consume linoleic acid you will get to cut the risk of suffering from stroke.

Other than that this fatty acid can help to ease and perhaps curing headaches, rheumatism, diarrhea, constipation, and other stomach related issue.

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Sunflower seeds nutrition facts

Eating sun flower seeds is a gift to our health.

The dry seeds will have grey with a touch of green color, or blackish. When you consume sunflower seeds moderately you also helps your heart to perform better.

What other sunflower seeds nutrition content we should know about?

The sunflower seed has less than 90% of unsaturated fat, as you know the good fat, and the mono-saturated fat that helps to cut bad cholesterol also known as the LDL or the bad cholesterol down.

The sunflower seed has Vitamin B1, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Phosphor, selenium, vitamin B3 or Niacin, vitamin B5 or Panthothenic, and folic acid.

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More sunflower seeds benefits for you

Vitamin E in the sunflower seed makes your skin smoother, enhancing cells regeneration, improve eyes function, and support healthier hair.

Vitamin E increase detoxification to prevent cancer, to ease asthma, reduce the chance of getting colon cancer.

Magnesium helps to improve nerve functions, and prevent muscle spasm. Selenium, can lower high blood pressure, cure headache, and may prevent heart attack.

Seed is not the only part that makes sunflower plant so unique. The flower can heal urinary tract or respiratory tract infections, and acts as an anti-inflammation.

The sunflower seeds have high oil content that can be used to replace other types of vegetable oil.

The highest quality of sunflower oil extracted from the black seed variety with oil content can reach from 50 to 60 percent.

Some people believe certain types of sunflower oil have the same level quality as those found in olive oils.

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      greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

      celeste inscribe thanks for your comment and do agree with you, despite of all benefits it has to offer we should still watch for the salt content.

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      Celeste Wilson 4 years ago

      Wow, this is a great article. My son eats it like candy. I only worry about the salt on the salted sunflower seeds, so I try to encourage him to eat the unsalted ones. I will never complain about seed shells on his bed again. :0) Voted up!

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      greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

      alocsin, I like the taste too, thank you for stopping by and for the comment, appreciate

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      To me, the health benefits are fine. But I eat sunflower seeds just because I like the taste. Voting this Up and Interesting.