In this current scenario of rising numbers of health problems, every individual prefers to prioritise health and nutrition at the topmost. From staying tuned up with the promotion of growth to being charged up with the stored energy, it is definitely the role-play of nutrients that supplements healthier life.
On a special note, oil seed crops which have been highlighted in these recent years, flourishingly extend its network of substantial positive impression in health and nutrition through sunflower plant.The leading oil seed crop, sunflower plant, is cultivated throughout the world for its oil and protein content. Half cup of dry roasted sunflower seeds (64 gm) provide370 kcal energy, 7 gm of dietary fibers and 12 gm of proteins. In addition, vitamin E, several minerals such as selenium, calcium, copper, zinc, potassium bundle to enrich the protein content.
Due to the presence of substantial amount of proteins in sunflower seeds and oil, both possess therapeutic traits to bless our immune. Sunflower oil, which is rich in fatty acids, contributes to lower the chances of coronary artery disease by reducing the LDL cholesterol as well as total cholesterol. Along with the poly and mono unsaturated fats, phytochemicals found in sunflower oil seem to be beneficial to heart.
Also the sunflower oil is a very good source of vitamin E that neutralises free radicals following to the prevention of oxidative damages to cellular and molecular components actively participating in anti inflammatory, anti tumor action.
Moreover, both the vitamin A and E, present in sunflower oil, promote skin health.
These vitamins help to regenerate damaged skin cells and block the pores. In addition to that, sunflower oil conditions dry, frizzy hair and adds a beautiful shine. Gamma alpha linoleic acid which is considered as a treatment for hair loss prevention is present in sunflower oil in high amount. So the sunflower oil not only adds glow to our heart but also to our skin and hair.
Furthermore, it increases the body’s ability to defend infections and boosts the energy level.Compared to other cooking oil, sunflower oil is better absorbed in the digestive tract because of being rich in monounsaturated fats. It is extremely light and has mild laxative properties. Again the beneficial portion of this sunflower plant is its seeds which are efficient in lessening holesterol, boosting immunity and reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Sunflower seeds seem to have a remarkable role to play in chronic inflammatory conditions like bronchial asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Also the nutritional content of sunflower seeds helps to strengthen the immune system. The immune booster zinc is found in a significant amount in these seeds.
Afra Anika Rafique, Biotech
Graduate, BRAC University