Sunflower seeds have an excellent balance between monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which help remove plaques and overlap the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in the blood vessel walls. The most well-known and healthy of these acids is linoleic acid, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to be effective in preventing many types of infectious diseases and has anti-cancer properties.
There are enormous amounts of vitamin E in just a sunflower seed, which is a rare finding in the plant kingdom. Even in much smaller quantities than those contained in sunflower seeds, vitamin E is one of the fastest antioxidants known to humans. Its immediate ability to remove free radicals from the body is why it is one of the strongest “advocates” of good health.