A nice shift I noticed in the world of superfoods, is the focus on more natural raw superfoods. In their natural state, not dried. You probably noticed this with foods such as kale, cinnamon and turmeric, but also the beetroot is becoming more and more popular . Fortunately, there are plenty of other great superfoods as well. One that I eat every day is the old fashioned sunflower seed. Just a little handful a day or a few tablespoons in my salads.
I’m actually surprised that the sunflowers seed is not more often mentioned as a superfood. Because I believe it is. It’s a true beauty food, but great in protecting and feeding the body as well.
Why are sunflower seeds healthy?
These seeds are not only a source of good fats, they are also a good plant-based source of zinc. If you feel sickish, zinc is one of the first deficiencies you should think of. If we do not get enough zinc in our diets, you could suffer from:
- skin/hair /nail problems
- poor immune system
- zinc may play an important role in testosterone levels in men
In a nutshell, zinc is necessary for a beautiful skin and hair, a healthy body, good cell growth and proper sexual development.
Zinc can assist the skin in order to maintain a good production of collagen. Zinc will help to rebuild new collagen and zinc can even help repair DNA damage caused by sunlight exposure.
Besides selenium and zinc, sunflowers seeds also contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and calcium. Good for a good night sleep, your bones and staying calm. Magnesium contributes to the reduction of fatigue, and to a normal functioning of the muscles. Calcium contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism and is necessary for the maintenance of normal bones.
Do you also love sunflower seeds?