The sunflower seed kernel is crunchy, delicious and bound to be on the fields of any baseball stadium. It’s botanical name is Helianthus Annuus and stirs up images of the beautiful, large flower from which it comes. This seed originates from the Middle American region where it spread as a highly sought after crop all over the world. Today, the leading producers of sunflower seed kernels include the United States, Argentina and Eatern Europe.
These nutritious kernels contain phenolic antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper. Traditionally, sunflower seed kernels have been used for their multitude of health benefits. They are thought to possibly support healthy cardiovascular function, optimal blood circulation, a healthy weight, vibrant skin, nails and hair, proper brain function and a positive outlook. In addition, some alternative practitioners recommend eating sunflower seed kernels because they may help to reduce tension and anxiety. Sunflower seed kernels are great as a snack, on salads, in side dishes, as a casserole topper, and much more. They’re especially great for kids and on the go snacking. Sunflower seeds make a great fuel food for athletic activities including sports and gym workouts. All you need is a daily handful and you’ll reap the nutritional benefits.
Some benefits of Sunflowerkernels are help to support a healthy immune response, help maintaining a healthy weight, support optimal brain function and GABA levels, help to promote a positive outlook, possibly reduces tension and anxiety, support a healthy pregnancy, support balanced energy levels, help maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system and supports hair, skin, and nail growth.