Sunflower seeds are a treasure of nature

Divine sundrenched seeds!

The painter Vincent Van Gogh was particularly passionate about sunflowers. This plant figures in seven of his paintings! He knew sunflowers symbolise joy and harmony, but did he also know about their health benefits?

Source of antioxidants

Sunflower seeds that are snacked on during hikes or incorporated into salads and desserts, are rich in fibre, antioxidants and vitamin E. Antioxidants help delay aging and may help reduce cardiovascular problems. Vitamin E promotes bright skin, strong nails and healthy hair.

Vitamins and minerals

Toasted sunflower seeds are a wonderful addition to a variety of dishes.

Sunflower seeds are a good source of essential nutrients for the whole body:

  • Phosphorus for a healthy nervous system
  • Copper to improve collagen formation
  • Iron to help the proper transport of oxygen in the body and fight fatigue
  • Vitamin B6 to promote brain function
  • Magnesium to reduce anxiety, muscle cramps, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome; plays a role in insulin production and cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Manganese to help reduce inflammation
  • Zinc to support the immune system

Away goes bad cholesterol!

Because they are rich in phytosterols and unsaturated fatty acids, sunflower seeds have a positive effect on lowering bad cholesterol levels in the blood. However, these small crunchy seeds are high in calories, so eating them in moderation is recommended.

Storage tip

Shell-on sunflower seeds may be stored at room temperature, but it is recommended to refrigerate them when the temperature exceeds 20C. However, shelled seeds should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent rancid flavours.

Sunflower sprouts

Sunflower sprouts are a powerhouse of health benefits. They are rich in chlorophyll, vitamins A, B, D, and E, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Sunflower sprouts are a wonderful addition to salads and tastefully decorate most dishes.