We love sharing information on our favorite ingredients used in the products here at Seed. One of my personal favorites happens to be Helianthus Annuus -- Sunflower Seed Oil. This is an ingredient you will find in many Seed products -- and with good reason!
Skin Care Benefits of Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower seeds contain large amounts of Vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant. We talked about antioxidants before — these play the role of skin care superheroes, working to fight against free radical damage. They are also rich is something called Sesamol, which is another antioxidant with the ability to help minimize sun damage. Oleic acid (an essential fatty acid) and Phytosterols are present too. These help plump the skin, which gives it a glowing, healthy look. You will also find Vitamins A & K in sunflower seed oil.
- Helps skin to regenerate & heal
- Improves skin appearance
- Helps improve barrier function
- May help protect against UV damage
Other Benefits of Sunflower Seed Oil
*Helps reduces stress — Did you know that sunflower seeds actually contain tryptophan? We know this is in our Thanksgiving turkey, but it’s also present in sunflower seeds. Tryptophan is an amino acid and it can help to produce serotonin, which we know can help to relieve tension and calm the nerves.
*Helps the cardiovascular system — Just 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds can give you 90% of your daily requirement of Vitamin E. This vitamin neutralizes free radicals and can help prevent them from oxidizing cholesterol. If cholesterol is not oxidized, it cannot stick to arteries and build up.
*Helps the bones — Magensium works to help strengthen your bones, much like calcium. Copper is present, too, which helps with the synthesis of collagen and elastin. Not only is this good for your skin, but it helps with the joints. And the Vitamin E found in sunflower seeds actually can help to provide an anti-inflammatory benefit to help with arthritis.
These are just three of the many health benefits of sunflower seeds.
Super Sunflower Smoothie Recipe
Today, I am going to give you my recipe for what I call my Super Sunflower Smoothie. This is so healthy and delicious and I make this one almost daily.
Here is what you need:
- 6 ounces sunflower seed drink (or you can use water or milk– I use Sunflower Dream Unsweetened Sunflower Drink)
- 1 T. sunflower seed butter (I usually pick it up at Trader Joe’s)
- A handful of baby spinach
- 1 scoop of whey protein (optional)
- 1 T. flaxseed meal
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- Ice cubes
Combine all of the above in the blender and enjoy!