Sunflower seeds benefits and harms
Sunflowers are not always considered by people as a food source, although this plant is known for a very long time. Earlier they were used as a beautiful interior elements – like flowers in the sun, and to afford those flowers could not poor citizens. Now sunflower seeds are known to each of us. Seeds are roasted and are eaten as an affordable and tasty delicacy, made of sweet confectionery products (halva, kozinaki), squeeze useful vegetable oil. Despite some caveats doctors, they were and remain one of the most popular delicacies of our compatriots.
What attracted sunflower seeds, the benefits and harms are forced to doubt and controversy? Why we can eat them without stopping, forgetting about time and not thinking about possible consequences?
What benefits sunflower seeds?
Sunflower seeds are rich in fat-soluble vitamins, for example, they contain so much vitamin D that can give odds even cod liver. They contain vitamin a and vitamin e which are natural antioxidants that protect the cells of our body from radiation, toxic substances, and protect against cancer. Thanks to these vitamins improves vision, reduces the risk of atherosclerosis, improves the structure and appearance of hair and nails.
In the old days click pips advised of longing and melancholy, theparasite that replenishes the deficiency of b vitamins (especially folic acid) and vitamin C, the lack of which can develop depression.
The unsaturated fatty acids. contained in the seeds, serve as a material for vital lipids, including high density lipoprotein, which is also called “good cholesterol”.
Sunflower seeds – this source is available, micro – and macro-elements (silicon, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium) and fiber, which is often lacking in refined diet of modern man. Meanwhile, fiber improves intestinal peristalsis, absorbs and removes toxic substances including the products of putrefactive fermentation, reduces the risk of colorectal cancer, serves as a nutrient medium for the normal microflora.
In the sunflower seeds contains a very useful amino acid – tryptophan. It is from this amino acid are synthesized happiness hormone serotonin and the sleep hormone melatonin. The additional intake of tryptophan helps relieve nervous tension, improves mood, normalizes sleep. But that’s not all that useful sunflower seeds.
Seeds is a very satisfying product. The energy value of sunflower seed is superior to the values of meat and bread.
Seeds are natural containers that preserve qualitative properties of the product. Indeed, in untreated seeds of the sunflower are useful substances retain their properties much longer than in other food sources.
Many nutritionists consider fruits sunflower as an integral part rational and even preventive nutrition:
It is believed that 100 g of seeds every day is a good prevention of atherosclerosis, obesity, diseases of the cardiovascular system and liver.
Sunflower seeds help restore power for people engaged in heavy work, athletes.
They help repair damaged tissues, healing of wounds, so it is useful to include in the menu of people recovering from serious illnesses and injuries.
The zinc contained in the kernels of sunflower seeds, strengthens the hair and gives healthy Shine.
Adolescents who prefer not to chew roasted seeds, others appear acne and pimples. Perhaps it’s in the phytoestrogens contained in the seeds.
The same phytoestrogens and vitamin E will help to strengthen women’s health, and easing unpleasant symptoms of menopause, and the magnesium and the iron will retain youth.
Beauticians use the dried and milled seeds as a natural scrub.
When seeds hurt
The high caloric content of seeds should be taken into consideration by people suffering from obesity should not eat more than 100 g of seeds per day and it is best not fried.
The reason to abandon seeds are gastritis in acute phase, gastric ulcer, colitis and gout .
Dentists are especially unfavorable to those sunflower seeds. Strongly “flipping” of seeds over and over again, it damages tooth enamel, causes tooth decay, deposits of Tartar and persistent microtrauma of the mucous membrane of the gums, cheeks, tongue contribute to the increased frequency of stomatitis. If you can’t imagine life without fragrant sunflower seeds, then learn how to clean their hands, not teeth. By the way, it may damage the nails, but unlike teeth they grow back well.
It is undesirable to eat sunflower seeds to people whose profession is associated with tension of the vocal cords, for example, singers, speakers, presenters, managers, etc.
Most plants take water and minerals from the soil. The composition of soils in different areas differs greatly and depends largely on the availability of a number of industrial enterprises. All substances emitted into the air sooner or later ends up in soil and water and from there are absorbed by plant roots. The sunflower in this regard is no exception, its roots very actively takes away moisture and dissolved substances, and some of them are able to accumulate in seeds. One such substance is heavy metal cadmium. Cadmium is a potent poison. It accumulates in the kidneys, liver, long-term excreted from the body, has cumulative properties, can penetrate through the placenta and has teratogenic effects (think pregnant women), now carefully studied the carcinogenic properties of cadmium.
Where to find useful seeds
The most useful and devoid of harmful impurities seeds can be grown in your garden. Of course, the vegetable garden should be located away from major roads, metallurgical plants, and not to be irrigated with water from rivers where wastewater is discharged.
Store the seeds should contain information about their origin, shelf life. Tara, where are poured the seeds must not be damaged. Once opened, the seeds should not smell musty. It should be noted that the roasted seeds from the store are almost devoid of useful properties, firstly they are relatively hard to heat treatment, and then stored for a long time, before we get to the buyer. There’s no vitamins cannot be and speeches.
Raw (not roasted) sunflower seeds are very well stored in a dry, cool and dark places.
The use of useful properties of sunflower seeds in folk medicine
For keen eyes against cataracts
250 grams of untreated dry sunflower seeds pour three liters of boiling water, put on low heat and cook 20 in minutes. The resulting infusion drink in any quantities to quench the thirst of every day
From dry cough
Sunflower seeds are calcined in a pan or on a baking sheet in the oven, ground in a coffee grinder to a fine powder. 2-3 tablespoons of this powder, pour half a liter of sweetened water and boiled until the volume is reduced to 100 ml. tsedyat Broth and take 1 tbsp. spoon 3 times a day before meals.
Every day to eat a quarter or half a Cup of raw sunflower seeds. In addition, you can add one tablespoon of sunflower, soybean or Flaxseed oil a day
To lower cholesterol
Germinated Cup shelled raw seeds. To do this in the morning, scatter them on moist tissue, and is served on top with another layer. All day the fabric will need to moisturize. After 14-15 hours the seeds will be green sprouts length of 1-2 mm. Sprouted seeds pour into a thermos and pour a liter of boiling water for 3-5 minutes keep the thermos open, then closed and left overnight. The next day take a glass of infusion 3-4 times a day half an hour before meals. The course duration is 3-6 months.