Summer is the season of one of my favorite flowers - sunflowers! Not only are they beautiful, but their seeds are also packed with health benefits. Here are some of them:
• Heart health
Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E (over 60% of your daily value in each serving!), and they also contain folate, both of which improve cardiovascular health
• Energy & healthy bones
They contain magnesium which has been shown to increase energy and improve bone health
• Healthy cholesterol
The phytosterols in sunflower seeds promote healthy cholesterol levels
• Improves mood
Magnesium sulfate helps to stabilize mood
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant found in sunflower seeds. It's also great for your thyroid!
What to look fo when buying sunflower seeds:
Some brands pack their sunflower seeds with unhealthy additives and sodium - look for brands (preferably organic) with fewer ingredients and not too much salt. There are also great sunflower butters, another great way to get your serving of sunflower seeds!