Powerful anti-oxidant snack

January 15, 2019
Sunflower seeds

SUNFLOWER seeds may be food for the birds, but did you know that eating these seeds has plenty of anti-oxidant benefits?

Add some boost to your oatmeal or morning cereal. The highest natural source of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E is in a ¼ cup serving of sunflower seeds every day. Not only that, this yummy seed can also help you:

* Improve your skin health. Sunflower seeds contain high amount of the antioxidant vitamin E, they support skin health, keeping things smooth and soft— especially as we age—and protect against free-radical damage. Sunflower seeds also are a good source of healthy fats, which help our skin stay glowy and hydrated.

* Reduce inflammation. The root cause of many diseases like cardiovascular diseases and hypertension is inflammation. Sunflower seeds’ vitamin E levels will counteract that. Research has shown that vitamin E’s anti-inflammatory properties are helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease by clearing blocked arteries. Combine that with the heart-healthy fats and fiber in these seeds, and you’ve got the perfect nutrient package for your ticker.

* Reduce anxiety and depression. Sunflower seeds could also put you in a brighter mood. That’s because they provide magnesium, an essential mineral many people don’t get enough of. And when levels of magnesium are inadequate, serotonin, the feel-good hormone, levels drop, making some people seem more anxious or depressed. By increasing your magnesium intake (and ¼ cup sunflower seeds has nearly a third of the amount you need each day) can potentially help to alleviate symptoms whether you’re medicated or not.