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Sunflower Seeds Are Great for Men's Diet

Posted by Fritz on October 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM

At Organico, we sell seeds, nuts and grains in bulk,including the nutritional powerhouse, raw sunflower seeds.  These seeds are especially high in seleniumand zinc, and are included in our “Raw Balls for Men” because men are oftenshort of these essential nutrients.


Eating sunflower seeds helps in the production of selenium in the body, which in turn aids inprotecting the cells from damage.  Rawsunflower seeds are also a rich source of Zinc, which helps the body recuperatefrom any kind of injuries and fight infections.


Just a quarter cup of these seeds is enough to make up forabout 90% of the daily requirements of Vitamin E in the body.  To counter and neutralize free radicals, Vitamin E is required in adequate quantity and thiscan be ensured by eating raw sunflower seeds. Adequate quantities of Vitamin E in the body also reduce chances ofdeveloping asthma and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), colon cancer and cardiovascular diseases.


Apart from being a rich source ofVitamin E, raw sunflower seeds also contain linoleic acid (essentialfatty acid), amino acids and minerals. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and the minerals contained in rawsunflower seeds include magnesium, potassium, zinc and calcium.


Sunflower seeds candrastically improve the regulation of blood pressure in the body, unlike anyanimal protein.  Sunflower seeds areimmensely rich in unsaturated fat (about 90%).  This may help keep the level of 'goodcholesterol' high in the body, thereby countering the ill-effects on 'badcholesterol'.   Raw sunflower seedsdecrease the cholesterol level in the bodydue to the concentration of phytosterols and it being a rich source of dietaryfiber.


One of the important health benefits of sunflower seedsis that it also helps in preventing the onset of depression.  Low levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter)results in increased levels of anxiety, tension and depression.  Thisneurotransmitter is processed by the amino acid known as Tryptophan, which is contained in sunflower seeds.  So the intake of raw sunflower seeds helps inthe production of serotonin, which when released, has a calming effect on thenerves and relieves tension and almost all forms of depression.


Copper is also required by the body to help carry oxygen to the red blood cells.  25% of the daily requirement is easily coveredby one ounce of raw sunflower seeds.


The nutritional value of raw sunflower seeds that is containedin one serving (1/4 cup) includes 11.0 g of fat, 3.0 g of fiber and 6.0 g ofprotein. Raw sunflower seeds also provide the daily requirement of iron in thebody.  Vitamin B-6 is also an importantpart of raw sunflower seeds.


Sunflower seeds also contain folate, which is essential forcell growth and reproduction, and is responsible for the body's cells tomanufacture DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid).


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