Sunflower seeds come from the center of the sunflower head, and are usually eaten without its hard, black outer shell. It has a nutty flavour and can be used as an ingredient in foods such bread or granola bars, added to salads for a nice crunchy texture or just enjoyed on its own as a snack.
Rich in healthy fats and protein, sunflower seeds are also high in zinc and selenium. Zinc forms an important part of the immune system and helps to maintain the proper functioning of immune cells, and may also have antioxidant benefits.
Selenium lowers inflammation and may play a role in protecting against heart disease and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
One study indicated that eating seeds, including sunflower seeds, five times or more per week may lower levels of inflammation, thereby lowering the risk of several chronic diseases.
Go ahead and add this healthy seed to your meals.