Sunflower Seeds (Surajmukhi Ke Beej)


  •  Sweet, nutty sunflower seeds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals
  • Delicious, nutty, and crunchy sunflower seeds are widely considered as healthful foods. They are high in energy
  • Roasted and salted, they can be enjoyed as a healthy snack.
  • They add crunchiness to salads.
  • Sprinkle sunflower kernels over fried-rice dishes or sautéed vegetables as garnish.
  • The seeds can be coated with chocolate, candied, or added in cakes, and muffins.
  • The seeds can be added to salad dressings, casseroles or baked goods
  • Oleic acid, present in Sunflower seeds that helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood
  • Sunflower also are an excellent source of proteins loaded with fine quality amino acids such as tryptophan that are essential for growth, especially in children
  • Also, sunflower seeds contain health benefiting polyphenol compounds such as chlorogenic acid, quinic acid, and caffeic acids. These compounds are natural anti-oxidants, which help remove harmful oxidant molecules from the body.
  • Further, the seeds are indeed a very rich source of vitamin-E
  • Sunflower kernels are one of the finest sources of the B-complex group of vitamins. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), pantothenic acid, and riboflavin.
  • Sunflowers are incredible sources of folic acid. When given in anticipant mothers during the peri-conceptional period, it may prevent neural tube defects in the baby.
  • Niacin and pyridoxine are other B-complex vitamins found abundantly in the sunflower seeds
  • The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sunflower seeds.
  • Just a handful of sunflower kernels a day provides much of the recommended level of phenolic antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein

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