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Posts Tagged ‘fight allergies’

Sunflower Seeds

Posted by terrepruitt on August 17, 2010

I love sunflower seeds.  I love them on my salad.  That is usually how I eat them recently.  I used to shell them, now I just sprinkle the already hulled ones on my salad.  According to the package I have right now they are pretty high in fat.

1/4 Cup has 17 grams of fat

—Calories 200
—Cholesterol 0 mg
—Sodium 135 mg
—Carbohydrates 8g
—with fiber at 3g
—Protein 7g

Someone on Facebook said that she read that they help people suffering with allergies . . . . sneezing and itches.  I eat sunflower seeds so I don’t know that this helps me, but it might help others.  From what I am seeing on the internet, it is the Omega 3 in the sunflower seeds that might be the reason for help because that particular fat helps with inflammation.  Which, if you are an allergy sufferer, you know inflammation is a symptom of allergies.

Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium and it helps reduce the severity of asthma. It also helps prevent high levels of histamine in the blood. A quarter cup of sunflower seeds provides 31.9% of the daily value for magnesium.  Sunflower seeds are very high in vitamin E and vitamin B.

Sunflower seeds also might help enhance the immune response because of the phytosterols.  Allergies are just the body’s way of fighting off substances that are bothering it.  So this could be another reason they are thought to help.

I couldn’t find the article that said specifically that sunflower seeds help.  I just found a lot of information that states what they contain, so to me that can point to possible allergy relief.

They are pretty high in fat so it is important to keep that in mind when including them in your diet.  Do you like sunflower seeds?  If you do, do you just eat them plain or do you add them to recipes?

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