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Sunflower seeds and oil

Power-packed with a whole host of nutrients, sunflower seeds are one of the finest energy “pick-me-ups” that nature provides. Although small, they are loaded with life-enhancing antioxidants.

Sunflower seeds are a valuable source of B-vitamins, which means they are nourishing to the adrenal glands and thus may help to combat energy slumps and many symptoms associated with stress.

Sunflower seeds are a diuretic and expectorant, and have been used in the treatment of bronchial, throat and lung infections. The seeds and oil are full of vitamin E, omega-6 essential fatty acids and monounsaturated fats, which help to keep the skin elastic and minimize heart disease. Omega-6s also help to fight inflammation, so relieving arthritis.

The essential fatty acid content may be beneficial in treating eczema. The seeds and oil are rich in the minerals calcium and magne­sium, needed for the contraction of muscles as well as a healthy bone structure. Magnesium is used in producing energy and calming allergic reactions.

Sunflower seeds and oil also contain immunity-boosting zinc, a powerful antiviral, and selenium, which has potent antioxidant proper­ ties to fight the free radicals that harm the body’s cells.

Sunflower seeds Nutritional Value

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Sunflowers Seeds Have Many Nutrients.
Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, E, folic acid; calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, MANGANESE, PHOSPHORUS, SELENIUM, ZINC; OMEGA-6 ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS; PROTEIN

The Main nutrients in 1 ounce (30 grams or ¼ cup) of dry sunflower seeds are

  • Calories: 163
  • Total fat: 14 grams
  • Protein: 5.5 grams
  • Carbs: 6.5 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Vitamin E: 37% (RDI)
  • Vitamin B6: 11% (RDI)
  • Folate: 17% (RDI)
  • Pantothenic acid: 20% (RDI)
  • Iron: 6% (RDI)
  • Magnesium: 9% (RDI)
  • Zinc: 10% (RDI)
  • Copper: 26% (RDI)
  • Manganese: 30% (RDI)

18 Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

  1. ANTI-BACTERIAL
  2. ANTIVIRAL
  3. ANTIOXIDANT
  4. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
  5. ANTI-AGING
  6. ANTI-CANCER
  7. DETOXIFYING
  8. BLOOD-SUGAR BALANCING
  9. ENERGY-BOOSTING
  10. GOOD FOR THE BRAIN
  11. GOOD FOR HAIR, TEETH AND NAILS
  12. GOOD FOR THE SKIN
  13. GOOD FOR THE EYES
  14. GOOD FOR THE HEART
  15. GOOD FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
  16. GOOD FOR THE MUSCULO-SKELETAL SYSTEM
  17. GOOD FOR THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
  18. GOOD FOR THE HORMONAL SYSTEM

Sunflower seeds Recipes

SUNFLOWER SEED OAT BREAD (makes 2 small loaves)

  • 500g / 1lb 2oz / 5 cups oat flour
  • 6g / ¼ oz instant dried yeast
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp malt extract
  • 400ml / 14floz /scant 1⅔ cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

Preheat the oven to 180° C/350°F/gas mark 4. Put the flour, yeast, seeds, salt and malt extract in a bowl and mix well. Add the water and oil. Form dough. Knead for 10 minutes; divide into 2 and place in loaf tins. Cover and leave for 30 minutes. Bake for 50-60 minutes until browned.

SUNFLOWER SEED TOPPING

  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 4 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp walnut halves
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2.5cm/1 in piece root ginger, peeled

Heat the oil in a wok until very hot. Add the seeds and walnuts, and fry for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the soy sauce, and then transfer to a bowl. Chop and add the ginger. Serve sprinkled on rice or stir-fries.

MUESLI

  • 125g/ 4 ½ oz/ 1 ¼ cups rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp dried dates, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 tbsp pecan nuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp flaked almonds,
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1 tbsp wheatgerm
  • 1 tbsp wheat bran
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Unsweetened soya milk, to serve

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and top with the apple. Serve with the soya milk.

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