Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sunflower Seeds

Scientists are now realizing that we need to pay more attention to our daily consumption of plant foods like seeds, nuts, and wholegrains. Sunflower seeds are packed with healthy fats, fiber, minerals, protein, and vitamin E, which are very important to the nutritional quality of your diet.

According to research completed in March 2001 by Dr. K. Phillips of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the sunflower kernel is rich in a number of nutrients that have been shown to protect against cardiovascular and other diseases and to act as antioxidants and anti-carcinogens. When considered in aggregate, this amazing kernel packs a powerful nutritional punch.

Sunflower kernels contain high levels of vitamin E, betaine, phenolic acids, and choline. In addition, the kernel is a good source of arginine and lignans. Each of these compounds, while perhaps unfamiliar to the layperson, has been studied by the scientific community and shown to offer a variety of health benefits.

• Vitamin E (Tocopherols): May protect against cardiovascular disease.
• Betaine : May protect against cardiovascular disease.
• Phenolic acids (chlorogenic acid: Antioxidant and anti-carcinogen.
• Choline: Plays a role in memory and cognitive function.
• Arginine: Potential heart benefits.
• Lignans: May protect against heart disease and some cancers; lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

To Your Health!

John Hall NSCA-CPT

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