Sunflower seeds are the gift of the beautiful sunflower, a plant with rays of petals emanating from its bright yellow, seed-studded center. The sunflower's Latin scientific name, Helianthus annuus, reflects its solar appearance since helios is the Greek word for sun, and anthos is the Greek word for flower.

When in-shell seeds are processed, they are first dried. Afterwards, they may also be roasted or dusted with salt or flour for preservation of flavor.Sunflower seeds are sold raw, dried, roasted or flavored, with or without their hull. The world’s leading producers of sunflower seeds are Russia, Spain, Argentina, France, China and Peru. 

Benefits of Sunflower Seeds:

  1. They promote brain and heart health, support detoxification, maintain healthy cellular function.

  2. Sunflower seeds are rich in the B complex vitamins, which are essential for a healthy nervous system, and are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, protein and vitamin E.

  3. A good natural source of zinc, sunflower seeds are popular immune boosters.

  4. Due to their high content of dietary fiber, raw seeds of sunflower can aid in digesting food and even cure constipation.

  5. Sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E. Vitamin E is effective in reducing arthritis symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

  6. The sunflower seeds and sprouts are a natural remedy to get relief from chest congestion.

  7. Carotenoids-rich sunflower oil helps in the prevention of cataracts.

  8. If you are someone who does not consume meat to get their protein from, sunflower seeds are an excellent add on to get yours.

  9. Sunflower seed oil acts as a great moisturizer, helping your skin to get nourish from inside.

  10. Zinc contained in sunflower seed promotes hair growth.

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