Sunflower seeds come from, of course, sunflowers! The yellow flowers produce small edible seeds which are gray or greenly colored and are found naturally in dark green, gray, or black shells called “husks”.
According to the National Sunflower Association, Sunflowers are actually native to North America. There is evidence that sunflowers were cultivated by native americans as long as 3000 B.C! However, they were first discovered and taken to Europe, and then spread to Russia where they were first commercialized as a crop and harvested for their oil. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that they were brought back to North America where they are popular for their oil, seeds, and as a beautiful addition to your garden.
Sunflowers and seeds Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of many vital nutrients including Vitamin E, also known as gamma-tocopherol. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is found in many nuts and seeds, but sunflower seeds are one of the best natural sources of this antioxidant, which works hard to fight free radical damage within the body.
Sunflower seeds are most highly correlated with boosting cardiovascular health thanks to their ability to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and to prevent hypertension, in addition to many other positive effects like cancer prevention, less headaches and muscle cramps, improved detoxification, healthy skin, and more.
What they Do for you
A delicious snack for birds and Humans! Sunflower seeds provide protien, vitamins and antioxidants.Just one-Fourth of a cup has more than 80 essential nutrients, including a key amino acid that helps covert sugar to energy for the muscles
B-complex vitamins – they help our bodies use food for fuel, and metabolism function smoothly
Sunflower seeds contain key minerals like calcium, Magnesium and selenium. They’re high in vitamin E and phytosterols, which help fight cholesterol
How to use them
Try sunbutter (ground-up sunflower seeds) as an alternative to peanut butter. Or toss sunflower seeds in dressings, casseroles and salads.
Serving Size 2T