Sunflower seeds provide a significant amount of the recommended daily zinc intake.
Sunflower seeds have been shown to provide many essential nutrients for the human body. Besides zinc, sunflower seeds contain unsaturated fats, protein, vitamin E, selenium, iron, copper and folate.
Zinc is an essential mineral for body functioning. Zinc aids in healing wounds, strengthening the immune system and fighting infections. Zinc also helps to regulate metabolism, as well as aiding in growth and maturation.
Recommended Daily Allowance
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for zinc in adults varies with gender. For males over the age of 18, the RDA is 11mg daily, while the RDA for women of the same age is 8mg daily. The RDA for women who are pregnant or lactating is significantly higher, 11mg or 12mg, respectively.
A 1 oz. serving of sunflower seeds will contain approximately 1.4mg of zinc. This translates to roughly 13% of the recommended RDA for adult men and 17.5% of the recommended RDA for women.