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Flower Power

Sunflower (heianthus annus)

This delightful flower is more than just a pretty face. The sunflower’s raw seeds are bursting with potential life-giving force and ultra-nutrient density, putting these kernels in a unique class called “super foods” (foods that not only provide nutrients but also have the potential to assist in alleviating ailments). Indigenous peoples from around the world have been consuming sunflower seeds for hundreds of years. Within these marvelous seeds are nutritional elements demonstrated in studies to have a variety of health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as being an important factor in memory and cognitive function. Important information to remember, the brain is 61% fat and our bodies use the sunflower seeds’ “essential fat” to build new neuro-cells. This essential fat, Omega-6 (linoleic acid), is also a key factor in the production and regulation of hormone/fat metabolism. It aids in weight control and increases energy levels. So, salute the kernels of this mighty Flower with Power! Consume them, allowing your body to celebrate their life-giving benefits, naturally! Riverwest Currents – Volume 1 – Issue 8 – September 2002