Today I am going to talk about the nutrition of one of my favorite seeds, sunflower seeds.
Did you know that 1/4 of a cup of sunflower seeds provides:
82% of vit. E
34% of selenium
28% of magnesium
70% of copper
43% of thiamine
28% of B6
33% of phosphorous
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, and has been shown to aid in the prevention of cancer. It is also an anti-inflammatory, and can reduce symptoms of diseases such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Selenium has been shown to inhibit cancers growth by repairing abnormal cells, and by detoxing the body of damaged cells.
Sunflower seeds are also high in Phytosterols, which can enhance the immune response, and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
I found no information stating that roasting the seeds destroyed any of these benefits. If I do I will let you know. Or if anyone has any information on this, feel free to leave a comment.