While many turn to expensive products to stop the appearance of wrinkles and age lines, there are other, less expensive methods that include an edible ingredient that experts have called a “superfood” that helps curb aging.
Dr. Adam Sidi, supervisor of the Herb Docs TikTok account, who specializes in the fields of nutrition, herbal medicine, and lifestyle, said that sunflower seeds will save you time, money, and care products to preserve the youth of your skin.
He said these tiny seeds are rich in vitamin E, which is “a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin from the effects of UV rays.” Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can damage your cells and cause skin cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.
Dr. Adam also emphasized that eating these seeds should not replace daily sunscreen application. He pointed out that apart from helping protect your skin from ultraviolet rays, vitamin E is also essential in the production of collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin young and clean, according to what was reported by the British “The Sun”.
He said that if you are looking to discover the vitamin in the ingredients list of these products, you will find it under the name Alpha Tocopherol, indicating that eating only a small amount (30g) of sunflower seeds will equal 66% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, according to Dr. Adam.
According to the National Health Service (NHS), women need about 3mg of vitamin E per day, while men should get 4mg.
And the health authority stated that you should be able to achieve this only by eating a varied and balanced diet, warning against taking too many vitamin E supplements because it may be harmful.
Dr. Adam said that since it is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is best to eat seeds that contain a “healthy source of fat”.
Good sources of vitamin E are:
Vegetable oils, such as rapeseed, sunflower, soybean, corn and olive oils
Nuts and seeds
Wheat germ is found in cereals and grain products
According to healthline, eating sunflower seeds can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar because they also contain magnesium, protein, linoleic fatty acids, and many plant compounds.