7. Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are one of nature’s true miracles. Each sunflower head contains hundreds of edible seeds that are cone-shaped with a smooth surface.
They are an excellent source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant and they are a source of healthy fats, magnesium, fiber, potassium, protein, B vitamins, iron, calcium, zinc, folate, selenium, copper and phosphorous.
Selenium improves the detox process and prevents cancer. Laboratory studies have shown it is responsible for encouraging DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells, which inhibits the spread of cancer cells. It also helps the body eliminate abnormal or worn out cells.
By including sunflower seeds in your daily diet you can lower your blood pressure, prevent migraines, reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. They are known to reduce the severity of asthma, calm nerves and anxiety, lower cholesterol and reduce the pain associated with arthritis. If that’s not enough they can prevent cancer and heart disease.
Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium, which helps with depression. Hundreds of years ago magnesium sulfate was given to patients with depression. Its success and its safety made it an excellent option. Today magnesium plays an important role in homeopathic therapies for mental health.
The recommended serving is ¼ cup daily. Because they’re so delicious and versatile they can be used in a number of ways. Add them to tuna, chicken or turkey recipes, sprinkle them over mixed green salads, and hot or cold cereals. To give your scrambled eggs a unique test and texture you can add sunflower seeds, or use fine ground seeds to dust your meat as a substitute for flour.
If you’re feeling particularly enthusiastic you can grind them to make sunflower seed butter.