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Health benefits of Including Sunflower Seeds for weight loss

Sunflower Seeds for weight loss

Sunflower seeds are extracted from sunflower plants. They are tiny in size but packed with nutrition. Sunflower seeds are a rich source of B complex vitamins, which are necessary for a healthy nervous system. During heavy workouts, it’s important to feed yourself

They are a good source of other following nutrients:

Phosphorus–  Human body needs phosphorus for many functions, such as filtering waste and repairing tissue and cells

Magnesium– It is a mineral that supports hundreds of chemical reactions in your body. This mineral fights depression also. It has benefits against Type 2 Diabetes. It can lower blood pressure.

Vitamin E– Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It helps prevent free radicals from damaging healthy cells in your body.

Iron– It treats Anemia, boosts hemoglobin, improves muscle strength, and reduces fatigue.

Calcium– It promotes bone health. It helps regulate muscle contraction. It plays a key role in blood clotting.

Selenium- This mineral is important for reproduction and DNA synthesis. It also helps reduce oxidative stress from free radicals.

Niacin- Also called vitamin B-3, niacin helps repair DNA. It may help lower total cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease as well.

Vitamin B-6– This water-soluble vitamin helps your body make norepinephrine and serotonin, chemicals which transmit brain signals. It may also ease symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Fiber– If you want healthy bowels, eat more fiber. Fiber helps keep your bowels moving smoothly and frequently. Fiber may also help lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar, and promote weight loss by keeping you fuller longer.

Protein– Increases Muscle Mass and Strength, Boosts Metabolism and Increases Fat Burning. It helps maintain Weight Loss.

Sunflower seeds aids in weight loss:

As mentioned above sunflower seeds are rich in dietary fiber which helps promote weight loss because it is filling while also low in calories. Soluble fiber is a powerful natural appetite suppressant, it can help you to lose weight. By suppressing your appetite, you are more likely to reduce your calorie intake, which can help you lose weight. So when you eat more high-fiber foods, you have less room in your diet for foods that are not as nutrient-dense, such as refined carbohydrates. Soluble fiber also helps regulate hormones involved in appetite control.

Sunflower seeds are also a good source of protein. Protein-rich foods can also help in speeding up your metabolism. An efficiently working metabolism will make it easier for you to lose weight. A healthy metabolism helps you burn more calories. A lot of calories are required to metabolize protein, as compared to carbs. Thus, eating protein will help you burn more calories. Also, Protein reduces levels of the hunger hormone, while it boosts the appetite-reducing hormones. This leads to an automatic depletion in calorie intake.

What are the easiest and healthiest ways to eat sunflower seeds?

There are a few ways you can enjoy these little seeds

  • On their own, out of the bag
  • Mixed into trail mix.
  • Sprinkled on top of a green salad for extra crunch
  • Sprinkled on top of porridge for extra crunch
  • Sprinkled on top of a yogurt
  • Use them in smoothie/shakes

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