Broadly speaking, when it comes to talking about foods that are beneficial for the body, seeds are the least talked about. A wide range of seeds are responsible for promoting our health, skin and hair. (Health benefits of pumpkin seeds for kids) Sunflower seeds are one of them. These seeds have gained popularity for its oil production. Although it is considered to be an ingredient in a food for a glowing skin, people are not much aware of its beneficial properties. (5 seeds that are high in protein)
While sunflower seeds have been used since ancient times for various medicines and cuisines its nutritional value and its practical benefits have been quite unexposed. When it comes to skin, sunflower seeds play a major role. You can also buy cream or serum with these acids to apply on your skin. Consuming these acids through sunflower seeds is definitely more nutritious since it gives you many more benefits- protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. (Vitamins for kids)
Nutritional Profile of Sunflower Seeds:
Sunflower seeds are composed of nutrients that help in formation of collagen and elastin. Further, they contribute to strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing properties. Altogether, consumption of these tiny seeds results in smooth, clean, clear and glowing skin. (Why do we need antioxidant)
Consuming 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds also meets 90% of the Vitamin E requirement of your body. Vitamin E maintains the colour (Melanin) of your skin and reduces acne. It consists of –
- 20% protein, 35-42% oils, and 31% unsaturated fatty acids.
- Vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 (Vitamin A absorption)
- Iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, potassium, phosphorus
- Dietary fibers
- Oleic acid, linoleic acid
- Tannins, terpenes, tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma)
Skin benefits of sunflower seeds:
Sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium and show antioxidant properties too. Moreover, this helps in flushing out the toxins from the body and also elimination of the oxygen free radicals. (5 ways of detox)
Vitamin E, for what these seeds are known for, have natural power to fight ageing. It safeguards our skin from sun damage, environmental damage and repairs the damaged cells. Briefly, it preserves the vitality of the skin. It keeps skin firm.
The presence of beta carotene acts as natural sunscreen and protects the skin from harmful UV rays. It repairs the skin and reduces the sensitivity of the skin for UV rays.
The essential fatty acids in sunflower seeds are responsible for nourishment and hydrating the skin. It acts as a natural emollient. These acids keep the skin bright, smooth, clear, healthy, soft and lustrous. (10 reasons why your kids should consume omega 3 fatty acids)
The anti-inflammatory properties of these seeds help in reducing redness, acne and inflammation. Moreover, they fight hormonal imbalance and oxidative damage too.
How to use sunflower seeds?
Edible sunflower seeds are encased in hulls which are to be removed before consumption. These are considered to be a great snack because of their mild nutty flavor. The use of sunflower seed is prevalent as it is easy to use and easy to store too. Usually, it is not recommended to consume these seeds more than 42 grams per day. Some of the ways by which you can incorporate sunflower seeds are-
- Eating raw
- Roast in butter and toss with salt
- Fried in butter
- Breakfast cereals
- Cookies (Almond oats dates cookies)
- Savory pancakes
- Mouth fresheners
Glowing skin home remedy:
Many of us keep wondering about how to get skin clear. Sunflower seed is here for the rescue! Below mentioned is the face pack and one of the tips of skin care.
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup fenugreek seeds
- 1/2-1 cup rose water
- 1 tablespoon honey
How to apply –
Soak sunflower and fenugreek seeds overnight or 7-8 hours. Next, blend it to a smooth paste. Then add rose water and honey and mix well. Now apply on the face and massage gently in circular motion. Let it dry. Rinse with warm water.
Recipe: Pumpkin seed millet cracker:
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