Everyone knows the classic pipes, and at some point in our lives we have tried them. Sunflower seeds, also known as pipes, are a super-nutritious food, with many benefits and properties.
Sunflower seeds are at the center of this flower and have been consumed for thousands of years by Native Americans.
Consuming the classic pipes is very good for cardiovascular health, thanks to the high content of magnesium and vitamin E they have. Vitamin E is extremely important for the health of the heart of people, and for the prevention of certain cardiovascular diseases. Besides, they are great antioxidants.
A quarter cup of these seeds provides more than 90% of the vitamin E that our body needs on a daily basis. This vitamin has many other benefits, turning these seeds into incredible foods with anti-inflammatory properties, in order to reduce pain due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, they are very good for relieving some symptoms of asthma and respiratory allergies.
In case you did not know, all that food that is rich in antioxidants, serve for the prevention of cancer. Selenium is an element found in these seeds, and it is widely linked to the prevention of cancer by preventing the formation of cancer cells, since it induces DNA repair and the synthesis of damaged cells. In turn, vitamin E is a great help to treat bladder, prostate and colon cancer.
The benefits of these simple seeds are many, and they are widely recommended for daily consumption.
Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.