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Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant.  Vitamin E travels through the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol.  By protecting these cellular and molecular components, vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role.  Vitamin E has also been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer, help decrease the severity and frequency of hot flashes in women going through menopause, and help reduce the development of diabetic complications.

Sunflower seeds are also a good source of selenium, a trace mineral that is of fundamental importance to human health.  Selenium has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells, and to induce their apoptosis, the self-destruct sequence the body uses to eliminate worn out or abnormal cells.

One ounce of sunflower seed kernels, dry-roasted without salt contain 5.48 grams of protein, 165 calories and 3.1 grams of dietary fiber.



  • Copper

  • Iron

  • Magnesium

  • Phosphorus

  • Selenium

  • Manganese

  • Potassium


  • Pantothenic Acid

  • Riboflavin

  • Niacin

  • Vitamin B6

  • Vitamin E

  • Thiamin (B1)

  • Folate

  • Vitamin B3

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