>Sunflower Seeds are eaten by people, birds and livestock. In fact, when sunflower seeds are used in a birdseed mix, the birds will pick out all the sunflower seeds and eat them, and turn up their beaks at the rest of the seed mix. The seeds are also used medicinally, to calm the nerves, and for their antioxidant properties. A quarter cup of sunflower seeds has 120% of the RDA for Vitamin E. Vitamin E is anti-inflammatory reduces 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 to help reduce the development of diabetic complications. Sunflower seeds are also high in magnesium, which helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Insufficient magnesium can thus contribute to high blood pressure, muscle spasms (including spasms of the heart muscle or spasms of the airways symptomatic of asthma.) Sunflower seeds are a good source of selenium, which inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells. They are also high in B-1, B-5, phosphorous, tryptophan, copper, B-6, manganese, folate, fiber, iron and zinc. Sunflower seeds have no cholesterol. Sprouted sunflower seeds are an excellent source of amino acids and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Sunflower seeds may just be nature’s perfect food.
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