Sunflower Seeds

 

What really makes the sunflower seed unique is that they are a rich source of magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin E, and selenium. They are incredibly nutrient-dense…we should probably take some notes from the birds when we see them frantically searching through the seed mix looking for these guys! 

DISCLAIMER!!! Now, we aren't going to get all crazy and tell you that GORP bars can cure every ailment known to man and provide every single health benefit listed below... because that's SO not allowed :) We just want to give a shout out to our awesome ingredients for YOUR education... so you can see all the awesomeness we INTENTIONALLY pack into our bar and perhaps inspire you to incorporate some of them into your diet more often :) 

Magnesium

  • Necessary for healthy bones and energy production
  • Counterbalances calcium, which means it helps regulate nerve and muscle tone
  • A lack of magnesium contributes to high blood pressure, muscle spasms (in the heart or airways), migraine headaches, muscle cramps, tension, soreness, and fatigue
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds gives you 31.9% of your daily value of magnesium 

Selenium
Selenium is a trace mineral that has been getting a lot of attention these days. It has been linked to a reduced incidence of cancer and has been shown to stimulate the repair of DNA in damaged cells and induce cancer cell death. In only 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds you will get 30.6% of your daily value for selenium.  

Phosphorous 

  • The calcium-to-phosphorous ratio in sunflower seeds is perfect for making the calcium readily available for building strong bones and teeth. Yes!
  • Plays an important role in the synthesis of protein for muscle growth and the repair of cells and tissues
  • Integral in the production of a molecule that the body uses to store and transport energy
  • Aids in the contraction of muscles
Vitamin E
  • Provides protection against cardiovascular disease
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Lowers the risk of colon cancer and reduces PMS symptoms
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds provides 90.5% of your daily value for vitamin E