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Sunflower Power Can Help Fight Inflammation

With their high vitamin E content, sunflower products like SoL™ Sunflower Beverage can be a healthy dietary choice for those with lupus, arthritis, and other diseases exacerbated by inflammation

Hope, MN - (May 29, 2012) - Sunflower seeds are quite the super seed offering numerous health benefits. One of its major health benefits is the high quantity of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to have significant anti-inflammatory effects. Many sufferers of inflammatory conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis are now turning to sunflower seeds and products due to the high vitamin E content for relief of their symptoms. Nondairy beverages made from sunflower kernels, such as SoL™ Sunflower Beverage, deliver a whopping 50% of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin E in each 8-ounce serving.

Vitamin E is the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant, travelling throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol. By protecting these cellular and molecular components, Vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis - conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role. Additionally, women with lupus may especially benefit from vitamin E. According to Lavon J. Dunne, author of the book Nutrition Almanac, vitamin E strengthens the immune system, and protects tissues, blood vessels, organs, joints and muscles from damaging free radicals.

In addition to vitamin E, SoL™ is an excellent source of other essential vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus, folic acid, calcium and vitamin D. SoL™ is also an ideal option for those with food allergies and sensitivities. It is naturally free of gluten and the eight most common food allergens - including soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. Delicious on its own or in recipes, SoL™ is available in three varieties - Original, Unsweetened and Vanilla.

Here are some easy ways to get more sunflower products into your diet:

  • Sprinkle sunflower seeds and fresh or frozen berries on morning oatmeal
  • Make your favorite smoothie recipe with SoL™ instead of dairy milk
  • Sprinkle sunflower seeds on salads instead of croutons for added crunch
  • Drink a cold glass of SoL™ with a cookie or as a snack on its own
  • Add SoL™ to your favorite creamy soup or sauce recipes in place of dairy milk
  • Pour SoL™ and sunflower seeds over cereal or granola

SoL™ can be found at fine health food stores and natural food retailers nationwide, as well as Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in the Southwest, and Stop & Shop and Giant markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Recipes featuring SoL™ are available online at

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About Sunrich Naturals®
Sunrich Naturals®, maker of SoL™ Refreshing Sunflower Beverage, has been working with American family farms to produce wholesome organic and natural foods for over 25 years. Sunrich Naturals® believes that healthy, good food starts with a healthy, good Earth. This simple belief guides everything we do - how we work with farmers, handle and process our grains, and produce our natural and organic foods. Our products can be found in many fine supermarkets, natural food retailers, and health food stores nationwide.

Sunrich Naturals® is a brand of SunOpta Inc., a leader in natural and organic ingredients, raw materials and consumer products and the largest sunflower processor in the United States. 

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Media Contact:
Laura Fontanills
Healthy Living Marketing/ Common Language