If you’ve ever heard of delectable, tiny seeds that pack a powerful punch against high blood pressure, then maybe you’ve already read the article in the link below.
But if you still want to keep reading, we’re okay with that.
Let’s put it this way: munch on these seeds (which you’ll find in any supermarket), and you’ll get a whole lot of health benefits.
It’s brimming with proteins, fiber, and vitamins that will work together to fight against high blood pressure. Not bad, eh?
The sunflower plant is not only very beautiful, it is also one of the healthiest foods on our planet (when consumed the right way).
Sadly, sunflower seeds earned a bad reputation throughout the years, mainly because of highly processed sunflower seed oil and a very salty snack made of seeds (which as we know is not the best when suffering high blood pressure).
Sunflower seeds are loaded with essential nutrients, including fiber, phosphorus, selenium, copper, magnesium, tryptophan, protein, manganese, folic acid and vitamins E, B1 and B6.
The amazing blood pressure-lowering qualities of sunflower include:
• These wonder seeds are loaded with Vitamin E
Only a quarter of a cup of these amazing seeds provide 61% of daily recommended intake of vitamin E.
This fat soluble vitamin is vital in vitamin K handling and for red blood cell production.
Many studies suggest that vitamin E helps lower blood pressure and sunflower seeds are packed with this heart-friendly nutrient!
• Protein release
Sunflower seeds are “jam-packed” with protein; a quarter cup offers 2.5 grams!
When digested, sunflower seeds release bioactive peptides which help reduce enzyme production, resulting in lower blood pressure levels.
• The best magnesium source
Magnesium is essential to boost cardiovascular health. Scientific evidence suggests that this mineral helps reduce migraine attacks and asthma, lowers blood pressure and is the best prevention from stroke and heart attack.
Sunflower seeds are a great source of magnesium, so start munching on these wonder seeds to prevent heart disease!
• Fiber bomb
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Three grams of fiber per quarter cup of sunflowers seeds – and you have 12% of your recommended daily intake.
A mountain of scientific research proves that consuming foods rich in dietary fiber is the best way to drop those stubborn blood pressure levels.
• Packed with fats
Relax…It’s the good type of fats we are talking about ?
To support a healthy cardiovascular system, we need both fatty acids: more of Omega-3 and less Omega-6.
Sunflower seeds offer the best possible balance between these two essential fatty acids.
Essential fatty acids are like an “elixir of life” to our cardiovascular health, so make sure you have enough of them in the right proportion every day!
The great news is that sunflower seeds are very common all over the world.
If you want to get the health benefits from sunflower seeds, buy them unsalted, unsweetened and not spiced in any way.
Sprinkle them in salads, soups, and sauces, or add them to your morning cereal.
I love eating them alone, just as a between-meal snack.
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Thank you for the very informative health benefits
Very good information
I had no idea that sunflower seeds are so healthy. I always thought it was actually bad for us…
Thanks for informing us !
Interesting, good to know about health benefits of sunflower seeds. It is easily available and delicious
Thanks for the info., I just planted about three dozens in my backyard
Very helpful and useful informations .