Sunflower seeds come from the familiar, large, daisy-like flower of the sunflower plant, which can grow as tall as 10 feet. Native Americans used the seeds as a snack, pounded them into meal, cooked them as a mash, and used them to make bread. Around 1500, Spanish explorers took the plants to Europe. By the 18th century, it was discovered that the seeds were valuable for their oil. The Russians remain the world's top producer of the seeds to this day.
- outstanding source of E, the antioxidant vitamin
- alleviate severity and frequency of hot flashes in menopausal women
- phytosterol content helps lower blood cholesterol levels
- reduce risk of colon cancer