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Health Benefits - Vitamins and Minerals in Sunflower Seeds



Harvested from tall sunflowers, the seeds can be eaten raw, roasted, or used for flavor and texture in a variety of meals. Today, they're often eaten as a healthy snack between meals, providing an energy boost in a convenient package. Despite this, many people are unfamiliar with the benefits of eating sunflower seeds. In this article, you'll learn how the seeds are a powerful source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Plus, we'll explain how sunflowers seeds can even have a mild relaxing effect on your brain.

Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds
  • Sunflower seeds also contain good amount of magnesium. Magnesium helps to prevent asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches.
  • Sunflower seeds offer a very good amount of magnesium as well. This helps to lower blood pressure, relieve headaches and migraines, and lessen the severity of asthma
  • The vitamin E in sunflower seeds also helps to protect against heart disease. It does this by protecting the arterial walls and the heart against cholesterol-related damage.
  • Dietary fiber in sunflower seeds controls cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels and also promotes good digestion.
  • Sunflower seeds also contain Zinc which is beneficial for keeping our immune system strong.
Amount
  • One ounce of sunflower seed kernels, dry-roasted without salt contains  3.1 grams of dietary fiber.
Protein  -   5.48 grams

Calories   165

Minerals Contained

  • Potassium - 241 mg
  • Phosphorus - 327 mg
  • Calcium - 20 mg
  • Magnesium - 37 mg
  • Iron - 1.08 mg
  • Sodium - 1 mg
  • Manganese - 0.598 mg
  • Zinc - 1.5 mg
  • Copper - 0.519 mg
  • Selenium - 22.5 mcg
  • Also contains trace amounts of other minerals.
Vitamins Contained
  • Vitamin C - 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.03 mg
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.07 mg
  • Niacin - 1.996 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid - 1.996 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 0.228 mg
  • Folate - 67 mcg
  • Vitamin A - 3 IU
  • Vitamin E - 7.4 mg
  • Vitamin K - 0.8 mcg
  • Contains some other vitamins in small amounts. 

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