6 Superfoods That Aren’t on Your Radar

Good things come in small packages—and make great snack foods.

By Emily Main

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Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E.Sunflower seeds

Eat sunflower seeds, ward off sun damage. Just half a cup of sunflower seeds provides more than 100 percent of your daily requirement for alpha-tocopherol, the most active form of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals and UV damage. They’re also a great source for the antidepressant phenylalanine, an amino acid the body turns into the brain chemical norepinephrine, which keeps you alert and focused. You can just eat them raw, but why be boring? Look for sunflower-seed butter at the grocery store, and use that to replace peanut butter on toast and sandwiches and in your baking.

EXTRA: How to Grow Your Own Organic Sunflowers

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