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Sunflower Seeds And Your Vision

Sunflower Seeds And Your Vision

Sunflower seeds are an excellent snack if you are interested in supporting your eye health. The vitamin and mineral content of sunflower seeds includes Vitamins A, C and a good source of vitamin E, Copper and Vitamin B 1. Some additional nutrients include Magnesium, Selenium, Vitamin B 6, Niacin and Folate to name a few. These seeds like other nuts are rich sources of the vision supporting nutrient Omega- 3 Fatty acids. Therefore, here are some of the vision benefits of sunflower seeds for eye health as well as those that relate to different aspects of your general health:

Eye Health Benefits: the vision supporting nutrients in sunflower seeds includes Vitamins A,C,E Lutein and Beta Carotene to name a few. Vitamins A, C and E are major antioxidants critical in improving eyesight due to their protective properties in safeguarding eye cells from free radical damage. Sunflower seeds are particularly rich in vitamins A and C. Research shows that people with high antioxidant blood levels were able to cut their risks for age related eye diseases such as cataracts. Research also supports that people who consume a variety of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and certain types of nuts rich in a variety of vitamins such as Vitamins A, C and E were able to cut their risks for macular degeneration.

Better Heart Health: Vitamin E is a major antioxidant that supports better heart health. It plays a role in increasing cardiovascular health by blocking damaging free radicals responsible for creating the negative process in the body that relates to the oxidation of cholesterol – a negative process that results in the buildup of plaque on the artery walls that leads to heart problems such as stroke and heart attacks. Therefore, its antioxidant action neutralizes harmful free radical activity that leads to heart problems thereby promoting heart health. Studies suggest that there is a benefit in the reduction of atherosclerosis as people who consume good amounts of Vitamin E cut their risks for heart attack.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels: This is due to its content in Phytosterols (natural compounds found in plants that reduce cholesterol levels. Phytosterols have a variety of health benefits in terms of protecting general health. For instance, they reduce cholesterol levels, boost immunity and also increase the body’s defenses against cancer.

When it comes to improving eye, heart and cholesterol health, it is a smart idea to make this vision friendly food an integral part of your daily diet.