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In this discussion, Dr. SHIVA shares results from CytoSolve’s Molecular Systems Biology Analysis of comparing RAW Sunflower Seeds versus SPROUTED Sunflower. The discussion is a SYSTEMS ANALYSIS recognizing that HOW food is processed is critical in changing the constitution of the food itself. Many “health gurus” simply are Pro- and Anti- about a particular food. This is a reductionist approach that creates confusion. They have little idea of HOW the food is processed since they lack a SYSTEMS foundation to thinking.

The original research in this video is made possible by generous contributions from supporters of the Dr.SHIVA Truth Freedom Health® movement. Please contribute so we may continue to bring you such origial research, valuable education, and innovative solutions.

Key Points:

• Dr.SHIVA Ayyadurai, MIT PhD – Inventor of Email, Systems Scientist, Engineer, Educator – presents results from CytoSolve® Molecular Systems Biology Analysis on Raw or Sprouted Sunflower Seeds – Which Is Healthier?

• CytoSolve® technology is designed to take a Systems Approach and distilled over 2493 research articles and 75 clinical trials on different areas of health spanning 80 years. 

• Sunflowers Seeds have 33 Key Molecules. Sunflower Seeds are an antioxidant. They’re anti-inflammatory, they’re anti-microbial, anti-hypertensive, and have wound healing properties.

• Sunflowers Seeds provide numerous benefits including cardio-protective, skin-protection, metabolic health, improved digestion, pain relief, etc.

• Research shows overconsumption of Sunflower Seeds can affect your mood, chronic fatigue, kidney function, and skin rashes.


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Dr.SHIVA LIVE: Raw or Sprouted Sunflower Seeds – Which Is Healthier?

Good evening, everyone. This is Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai. Today we’re going to be talking about an interesting topic. It’s a follow on to a series I started last week, which is on how we process food. We did last week on Raw versus Sprouted Almond Seeds, and which is healthier. We’re going to continue that. But now we’re going to look at Sunflower Seeds. Let me just explain at a very high level what we want to talk about. 

What You Will Learn Today – Raw versus Sprouted Sunflower Seeds

Many times, you probably, a lot of times you go to YouTube, and you’re searching, Oh, should I eat this? Or should I not eat that? Or is this good for me? Is that bad for me? And you’ll get these declarative statements from a lot of people who actually don’t know a lot about health, they don’t study it really at the Molecular Systems level. They don’t understand the Science, they basically are reading something elsewhere, and then they regurgitate.

And this happens not only with nutrition and health. It happens in every field. It seems like you have a lot of people just essentially becoming talking heads. And they haven’t really put in their time to understand this. And this is unfortunate, because you get what’s called a Reductionist view, a Reductionist view, which is opposite of a Systems Approach to understanding the reality of what’s going on. People say, Don’t eat that, eat this, or don’t eat this and eat that, etc. Right? 

6 Blind Men

I call that Reductionism. Because imagine you look at something, the analogy, I’ve given you of an Elephant. And then, let’s say, Six Blind Men are called in to touch the Elephant and one touches a tusk and he thinks it’s a spear, the other touches a leg and he thinks it’s a tree, that guy touches a tail, thinks it’s a brush, and so on. Because they’re essentially getting a blinded view of reality. What we want to do is we want to always take a Systems Approach. And that’s what we’re going to do here.

Science and Truth – Overview of Sunflower Seeds Nutrition

And one of those Systems Approaches that comes out is that before you go say the food is good or bad. You have to ask the question, how was that food processed? Okay, how was the food processed? Let me give you an example. You could take a kidney bean and if you sprout it and you eat it raw, you can actually hurt yourself. It’s actually going to be deadly for some people. It’s not a healthy thing to eat, it could be deadly. 

On the other hand, if you process it, put some heat to it, and cook it will now become something that your body can digest, right? There are some foods that are good, not cooked, right, you get more nutritional value when they’re not cooked or germinated, etc. It’s really, really important to understand. 

Summertime Sunflower Seeds

In the series last week or the week before I did something on sprouted almonds, and raw almonds, and we found a profound difference when you sprout the almonds. Today, we’re going to look at the same thing, but with Sunflower Seeds. It’s summertime here in Massachusetts and we’re going to look at that.  

Let me jump right in and get into our topic today. And by the way, those of you who are new to our series here to what we talked about, if you go to That’s our major website. And if you go to or, you can find out more about our Systems and Truth Freedom Health® program. 

Complex World

One of the things we do as I mentioned is because we want people to get out of this Reductionist mindset, or this pigeonholed mindset. Of taking the very complex world and just thinking, looking at one piece and thinking that’s all there is to that. You have to understand the interconnections. 

Every Monday evening, my team and I put together a course. And it’s not only a course but it’s part of a larger curriculum for Truth Freedom Health®, but it begins with understanding the Science of Systems.

And then it goes to building a community that we’ve put together. But it also involves a bunch of tools. I encourage all of you to go to or

What We Teach: Truth Freedom Health® The Power of a Systems Approach

But fundamentally, what we teach people is the intersection from a Systems standpoint of the importance of Freedom, dialogue, the importance of Science, Truth, and the importance of taking care of our Health, our own personal infrastructure. Because without freedom, you can’t really get to Truth, and you can’t get to understanding of Health. And so we, when we’re discussing any of our Science, we’ll discuss what’s going on with the Science of it and what the Health of it is. And also, what are the Constraints on Freedom that sometimes don’t allow us to get the Truth out there.

Times for Truth Freedom Health® Continental Orientations 

Also, for those of you interested, every Thursday at 11am, Eastern Standard Time, for those of you in other parts of the world, Europe and India and Asia, you can join then, with me, or 8pm, Eastern Standard Time. For example, this Thursday. If you go to, please sign-up. And then you can learn more about the Truth Freedom Health® movement, and how you can be part of this. There’s a little ticker on the bottom. I encourage you guys to go there and sign up. 

Raw Versus Sprouted Sunflower Seeds

Today we’re going to talk about raw versus sprouted Sunflower Seeds. We’re going to begin with the Science or the Truth, which is what are Sunflower Seeds? What are the biological functions? What are the health benefits, then we’re gonna go to the aspects that get in the way of some of this nutritional knowledge from getting out there, because of the focus from Big Pharma. On really focusing, always on a pharmaceutical solution or not really focused on prevention. 

And this unfortunately, as we’ll talk about what doctors are at most doctors, you can actually educate many of your doctors on nutrition, because they, frankly, maybe get five- or 10-15-hours total in their entire medical school education on nutrition. In some ways you have to do the work for these, for the unfortunate situation of MD’s.  

The health possibilities we discuss next on Raw and Sprouted Sunflower Seeds, we’ll look at the nutritional differences. And the research. The knowledge I’m going to share with you is from original research that we did several years ago, when we were asked to really do the comparison between Almonds, Oats, and Sunflower Seeds between their Raw version, their Roasted version, and their Sprouted, or also known as germinated versions. So you’re getting, you’re gonna get a lot of original research done here.

Before I do that, to inspire those of you I always like to, I started with talking about a Reductionist Approach. The opposite of a Reductionist Approach is what is known as a Systems Approach. And I’m going to play this video for you, which will give you My Journey to Systems.

One of the key things to take away from that is, we need to “Learn How to Think, NOT What to Think”. And the Science of Systems offers you that approach. If we apply that Systems Approach to looking at Raw versus Sprouted Sunflower Seeds, we’re gonna first begin with the Truth, then we’re going to look at how Freedom in terms of getting the Science out there is constrained. And then we’re gonna go into the Health as we discuss.

Overview of Sunflower Seed Nutrition

We’re going to talk about a number of the aspects of Sunflower Seeds in the Science part. And we’re going to talk about some of the constraints, how Big Pharma views the world of Nutrition as Medical Doctors, and then we’re going to go into the Health possibilities. 

Let’s look at the overview of Sunflower Seeds from a nutritional standpoint and look at the Science and the Truth there.

Sunflower- Asteraceae Family or Daisy Family

First of all, as you can see, what’s important is to understand that Sunflowers belong to the category of Daisies, actually, I mean, it looks like a big Daisy, right. So that’s called the Asteraceae family, which is a Daisy family. 

They were first domesticated about 3000-5000 years ago by the Native Americans in Central North America. And they’re primarily used at that time as a source of edible seed and still today as oil seed, right. So, you get Sunflower Oil, people make the seed, sometimes people make a sort of a meal out of the Sunflower Seeds. So that’s sort of the origins of Sunflowers in terms of where they came from. 

Health Benefits – 7 Biological Effects of Sunflower Seeds

Now, I want to really look at the Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds and the health benefits of Sunflower Seeds, and really the seven biological effects. Let’s consider those. Let’s begin by recognizing that Sunflower Seeds first of all, they affect multiple aspects of health. Many of these food components not just affect just one area, but they affect multiple aspects. Sunflower Seeds affect skin health, for example, acne, heart health, metabolic health, digestive health and pain. They affect these different areas. 

Specifically, here, the seven biological effects. So Sunflower Seeds are an antioxidant. They’re anti-inflammatory, they’re anti-microbial, which means they ward off bugs and microbes are anti-hypertensive, wound healing. We can do a series on that, but Sunflower Seeds have components in there which accelerate wound healing, anti-cancer and anti-atherosclerotic, which means, the plaque development in the arteries. So these are the seven biological effects of Sunflower Seeds.

Now, if we want to analyze Sunflower Seeds, how do we do that? How was this research done? As I mentioned, several years ago, we were given the project of trying to figure out if you take Sunflower Seeds, the Raw, the Sprouted, and the Roasted, which one had more nutrients? Well, how do you do that?

Analyzing Sunflower Seed Using CytoSolve®

Well, fortunately, we have a very powerful tool called CytoSolve®, which allows us to do that. And using CytoSolve®, what we’re able to do is we’re able to, in this case, look at all the literature that’s out there, organize it, archive it, extract out the Molecular Pathways, build the Systems Architectures, and model it. In this case, we did the first three parts, as you’ve seen in some of the other videos, we went through an entire modeling exercise. 

Analyzing Sunflower Seeds Using CytoSolve® Integrating the Current Research of 2493 Research Articles, 75 Clinical Trials over 80 Years

But here relative to Sunflower Seeds, there’s been about 2500 research articles, 2493 as of today, 75 clinical trials, which means people have conducted studies with human beings taking Sunflower Seeds on these different areas of health. Sunflowers Seeds have been studied since the 1940s. For about 80 years, it’s, it’s a pretty well researched food substance relative to others that are out there. You can see quite a bit of research on this. 

CytoSolve® is a Revolutionary Systems Biology Platform

And as I mentioned, we took all of this knowledge, and we ran it through CytoSolve®, to organize the knowledge. And CytoSolve® is really a platform for discovery, it really is a very powerful platform that allows for the discovery of Scientific discoveries, because and we can do it faster and cheaper than even some of the major leading institutions, because we’re able to use a computer to mathematically model some of these Biochemical reactions. In fact, pretty much all Biochemical reactions we’re able to do. 

Science By The People For The People

And if you go to, and you scroll down to, you’ll see a thing called where we’ve launched the Open Science Institute right here, which all of you can become a part of. And the research that we do comes from the contributions of all of you to support that. If you go there, and you click on it, you’ll see the different areas of research we’re doing. If you click on Cardiovascular Health, you can actually support the research you can Contribute.

And when you do, we actually give you many, many gifts, if you contribute $100 or more, you get different gifts, if you can contribute $25 or more. But we literally are very grateful to CytoSolve® and to the support you give. But when you support our research, we actually give you back a lot of things. Using CytoSolve®, we’ve looked at Sunflower Seeds and their health benefits. 

The 33 Key Molecules in Sunflower Seeds

First, let’s begin what scientists have discovered in terms of what is in Sunflower Seeds. So, this part is the nutrients in Sunflower Seeds. There are 33 Key molecules, again, nutrients and Sunflower Seeds, we can focus on the 33 Key molecules. What are those 33 Key molecules? Let’s jump into this.

Composition – Macronutrients in Sunflower Seeds

First of all, when we talk about nutrients, we need to look at the nutrients in three ways: carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids. There’s 50 grams to 100 grams of, there’s 50 grams of carbohydrates to 100 grams of Sunflower Seeds. Quite a bit of fiber, look at that, 32 grams in 100 grams. Protein, 20 grams in 100 grams of Sunflower Seeds get quite a bit of protein. By the way, there’s a lot of studies showing that a human being at one sitting really can consume more than about 20 to 25 grams of protein. It’s quite a bit of protein. 

Lipids, which are really what you can call fats, right. And this is there’s different types of lipids or fats, mono-unsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats. If you look at Sunflower Seeds, it’s got 16 grams per 100 grams in terms of lipids in Sunflower Oil, for example. Saturated fats only 14% Very different than if you were to eat a steak. 60% or monounsaturated fatty acids, and PUFAs, polyunsaturated fatty acids 20%. 

One of the points I want to make aware of is whenever you look at seed oils, you got to be very careful. They have a lot of Omega-sixes in them. And you have to be concerned about the Omega-three to Omega-six balance. Typically, you need more of the Omega-threes. So, if you’re going to do Seed oils, be very, very careful how much you consume. And note that they can have effects on your gallbladder if you consume a lot. 

Many of the Seed oils also go rancid. I always, what I do is, if I ever have like flaxseed oil, I will typically drop some vitamin E in there, which is an antioxidant. And frankly put it in a refrigerator or freezer? Because these oils go rancid very, very quickly. And rancid oils are not good for health, they really clog up your gallbladder. 

Composition – Micronutrients in Sunflower Seeds

So Micronutrients, there’s vitamins, minerals, phenolic compounds and amino acids, when we’re talking about nutrients and in Sunflower Seeds, and so if we look at the vitamins are Five Key Vitamins, vitamin A vitamin B1, which is also known as Thiamine by the vitamin A is beta carotene, vitamin B to riboflavin, vitamin C, ascorbic acid and vitamin E Tocopherol, so this is why vitamin E because of the Tocopherol, it’s probably very good as an anti plaque thing, right? Good for skin. 

Composition – 5 Key Vitamins

Vitamin A, B1, B2, C, and D. Those are the first five of those 20 some odd molecules. The next is we have Five different Key Minerals, calcium, magnesium, look at the amount of magnesium. Magnesium is what is known as a calming as a calming mineral.

A majority of people, over, a majority people in the world have magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium is the thing that calms you down. You can get an Epsom salt, right? You can get it in certain foods you can look at, right? But Sunflower Seeds have about 390 milligrams in 100 grams, quite a bit of magnesium, potassium, again, quite a bit, zinc and iron. A very powerful source of these five key minerals.

And then when you look at the phenolic compounds, we have Caffeic acid, Ferulic acid, Sinapic acid, Gallic acid, and Protocatechuic acid, these are what are known as the different phenolic compounds that are in Sunflower Seeds. 

Composition – 18 Key Amino Acids

And then finally, there are 18 Key amino acids. 18 Key amino acids, arginine, aspartic acid and glutamic acid are in very high numbers, you can see 0.4902, 50% of the total protein, or point 5, .6% and 1.2% of the glutamic acid. There’s still pretty good numbers of the other, but we talked about protein, it’s got a pretty good amino acid profile. 

At the end of the day, when we look back at this, we go back to it here. I think there’s a mistake here. I said there’s five plus five is 10. 10 plus, actually, there’s five here, right? 15 plus 18. 

There’s actually, 33 Key Molecules, nutrients in Sunflower Seeds, there’re 33 Key Molecules. 

Composition – 5 Key Phenolic Compounds

And when you look at it here, you have the five here, you have another five here, and this is actually five. You have 5 phenolic compounds here, Caffeic, Ferulic, Sinapic, Gallic and Protocatechuic acid. So, it’s 15. 

And they have 18 Key amino acids. That’s 33. So 33 different key molecules comprising the nutrients in Sunflower Seeds. 

Yeah, Robin Doyle says, “18 Aminos.” I think we forget with all the vitamins out there, and we forget how many nutrients are in food. 

One of the things I want to mention here is you can take free-form amino acids that are pharmaceutical grade. What we’re going to shortly show is that when you germinate seeds, you get essentially free form amino acids, they become much more, they essentially become like vitamin pills. We’ll talk about that. So, there you go. 

Is Sunflower Seed Right For You? Your Body, Your System®

Now, one of the things I want to talk about is, we want to understand is Sunflower Seeds right for you? Not all foods are optimal for everyone. Everyone can consume a certain amount of different foods, but some people can do a lot of some food and others. If they have a certain food, they get allergic reactions, because all of our bodies are different. 

Many years ago, after I finished my Fulbright, sorry, my PhD at MIT and went back to India. And I use my training as a PhD in Systems Biology to really look at Eastern Systems of Medicine. And I was able to make a bridge, the Eastern Systems of Medicine always look at Your Body as a System®, they look at it in a whole way. But I was able to develop a bridge and I created a tool called Your Body, Your System®. 

Now we’re going to talk about Sunflower Seeds being right for you, using this tool, called Your Body, Your System®, which allows you to take a Systems Approach to food, and your body. You can go to the site called If you’re interested in enrolling for it, if you become a Truth Freedom Health® Warrior, we actually give it away. 

But I want to talk to you about this tool. And we’re going to look at analyzing Sunflower Seeds, but notice, it says Be Happy Be YOU®. Health begins with knowing the unique you, your body’s a unique System that needs the right inputs for the right conditions. Use this tool to know the unique you on your journey to Real Health and to understand the principles of all Systems. So, Your Body, Your System is a very powerful tool. 

Every Friday, if you go look in our Events calendar, we have a nurse named Emily Cross, who actually does training. You’re welcome to take advantage of that. Let me go back here.

Let me go back here and look at it, and give you a quick explanation. In Systems Theory that we study in the West, everything in the Universe is composed of the forces of movement, Transport, right? That’s the movement of Transport. So, like the wind blowing, bowel movements, right, you can think about a car moving. Transport. 

Conversions are the forces involved in converting things from one part to another part. Digestion is a Conversion process, you eat something, your body digests it, an engine in your car, you give it fuel, it converts it to mechanical motion, right? 

The last aspect is called Storage. Storage is the aspect of the universe that contains things holding things together. If you make a bowl of oatmeal, it’s the bowl. The building, it’s the structure? 

When you take the course, and you become a Warrior-Scholar, we have a whole foundational understanding of Systems we teach you, so take advantage of it. So, I’m just giving you a very, very quick version of this. Now, what I discovered was that in the Indian Systems of Medicine, they use the words Vata, Pitta and Kapha. And what I was able to find was that Vata, Pitta and Kapha are the same as Transport, Conversion, Storage is a pretty big discovery. 

I published it in a major journal, there’s an article that you can find, but essentially, Transport is Vata, Conversion is Pitta, Storage is Kapha. And the Eastern Systems of Medicine, my grandmother, for example, would look at your face or your pulse diagnosis. And she would figure out how much Vata, Pitta and Kapha your body was composed of. 

From a Western perspective, it means, how much movement or how much conversion or how much storage so for example, people who have big frames are considered more kapha or storage, people who are very good digestion or fast digestion would be high Pitta, right. Or people talk and move a lot are movement Vata, right. 

But anyway, there’s a whole science to this. So, I created a tool. We’re in this triangle transport, conversion storage, the center denoting, 000, this has been 100% Transport 100%, Conversion, 100% Storage, or Vata, Pitta, Kapha, I was able to map a way that you could, you could literally find a series of questions, and from the series of questions, it would determine in this triangle where your body was located relative to this concept. 

Your Body, the red dot could be here, here, here, here, can we move around, it doesn’t mean your red dots in the center, you’re better here, it just means this is who your System type is. The black dot denotes where you are right now. These 30 questions help you figure out your center point. And the black dot denotes where you are, on course or off course.   

Someone says, “Do you know how to fix muscle twitching?”  

If you have these twitches and things I, again, this is what I would do. I would look at your electrolytes in your body, potassium, sodium, right? Because when you have muscle mis-firings, it’s typically, just go look at electrolytes as your first thing. There could be many other things. Are you getting enough water and you’re drinking enough electrolytes, the sodium, the potassium, the mineral salts. 

Using the Tool Your Body, Your System®

But anyway, the tool lets you figure this out, and then the tool actually will help you figure out how to bring that black dot back to you. What are the foods? What are the activities that will help you do that? It’s really a tool to help you see Your Body as a System, where you’re located. Here you are today, and how to bring your body back to balance for you. 

And as Vaishali says, you can go to Your Body, Your System®, and you can take advantage of it. Now, those of you. What we did here, and I’ll get to that, so what we did was, imagine, this is where you are, what do Sunflowers do? Well, Sunflower Seeds broadly, they stabilize Vata/Movement.

That’s what this flatline here means? Sunflower Seeds stabilized Pitta or Conversion, right? They’re not going to affect your digestion, they’re not going to make you get indigestion. And then Sunflower Seeds, increase your Kapha/Storage, right? Because their fat, fat means you’re going to essentially, support increased fat. 

One of our guys on our team took the Your Body, Your System quiz and his body type is here. And then he found out that based on what was going on that day, his he was disturbing, he was off course here. And then we have a tool in the Your Body, Your System, tool chest, this very powerful tool, you can actually play around, you can say what happens when I add Sunflower Seeds? Will seeing Sunflower Seeds move you towards storage, right? That’s exactly what they’re supposed to do. 

But you can play with this tool that will help you figure out how different foods affect your body. And by the way, all of you if you sign up as a Truth Freedom Health® Warrior, you give a $100 contribution, you get this tool for free plus 20 or 15 other gifts. Okay, so take advantage of it.

When it comes to looking at Sunflower Seeds for you, we want to take a Personal Approach. Is it good for everyone? Obviously not because depending on your body’s profile, by and large, it looks like it has a lot of nutrients and is healthy, but there are issues that you should consider. 

4 Issues to Consider with Sunflower Seeds

Now let’s talk about Problems with Sunflower Seeds. And the four issues you should consider: what are those four issues? Well, those four issues are, this happens if you have over consumption of Sunflower Seeds. Moderation is always good. Seeds, again, are very, very powerful nutrients. You have to be careful how much of them you eat. When I say how much it’s a function of input output. If you’re working out if you’re exercising and you’re using your body, obviously, you can consume more just from a caloric intake versus just sitting in front of a computer or TV all day, right? 

Overconsumption itself is relative, but you can see some of the things that you want to be concerned about is skin rashes and acne. Kidney function. Chronic fatigue, there’s research shows that overconsumption leads to chronic fatigue, and mood swings. So obviously, the nutrients in Sunflower Seeds affect your mood, fatigue, kidney function, skin rashes, again, overconsumption. 

Don’t take this to mean you should never eat Sunflower Seeds. But if and again, if you have a proclivity for these things, you should be concerned again, these are the four issues to consider when consuming Sunflower Seeds.

CytoSolve® Used to Build Better Products

One of the things that we’ve done, as I mentioned about CytoSolve®. CytoSolve®, is this very powerful tool, which allows us to take a function, let’s say Inflammation, take a function like chronic fatigue, or mood swings, or kidney disturbances, or periodontal disease, pretty much any disease and using CytoSolve®, we’re able to mathematically model the disease, and then, or the Biomolecular Functions and take inputs of food. Without killing animals, we can test CytoSolve®, most recently, to make it very practical for about over 15 years. We’ve been helping many, many companies look at their food products or their vitamins and figure out if they work or not? 

Some people don’t like to hear and we say your stuff doesn’t work. You’re putting too much of this or too little. But about two years ago, we said with all the work we’ve done, why don’t we look at pain and inflammation, mathematically model it and we went through many, many, many different ingredients that are out there. Natural ingredients, and we said which combinations would have a very powerful effect on lowering pain and discomfort and we discovered a product called mV25™. This is my sort of sharing this knowledge with you. 

We’ve never been in the supplement production business but because we had all of this technology, we said instead of waiting for one of these companies to do it, we did it. We found a set of ingredients that have a very powerful effect on reducing pain and inflammation. I’m going to grab some water. And as I do that, I’m just going to play you a quick Scientific report on mV25™.

How to Get mV25™

All right, if you want to get mV25™, you can go right to let me just give the link here. You go to where’s that; Here you go. If you go to, you can get it there. And right here, you can also go to our shop right there. And you can go right to the shop, and you can order it. That’s about mV25™.

Attack on Freedom – Constraints on Medical Doctors

We’ve talked about Science, the components in Sunflower Seeds. But now we want to talk about an important fact that will hopefully compel you to recognize that you may have to go educate your doctors, right. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s really the fault of Medical Doctors. It’s a Medical School education because of the effect of Big Pharma and the constraints on doctors. But you’ll find out that most doctors are trained to prescribe medicine but not really provide you nutritional guidance. 

Nutrition. Reductionist Narrative in Scientific and Media Establishment

In fact, the nutritional quote unquote, experts that are out there on YouTube and so on, who don’t have a Systems Approach. They’ll constantly give you conflicting advice. And then the media coverage of Nutrition has always for example, fat is bad fat is good, right? 

And you’ll typically find out here’s an interesting meme. I spent years studying nutrition in Medical School. And the meme says, said no medical doctor ever, you’ll never see your medical doctor saying I spent years studying nutrition in medical school. They’re typically the goals people are trained by the pharma guys about drugs. And don’t ask me for nutrition advice. 

Less than 70% of doctors receive nutrition classes in medical school, and those that do experience a measly 24 hours of class time on the subject. 

Taxes Easier than Eating Healthy

The other thing is, you’ll find out that this is very interesting. Half of those polled believe it is easier to do their taxes than to figure out how to eat healthfully. So, 52% polled said it’s easier to do their taxes, which is not an easy thing than to figure out what to eat. For example, you have this guy out there, on one video, he says, “Why I love kale.”

Then he also talks about problems with eating kale. This sends mixed messages, because he’s not giving the substantive reasons from a Systems standpoint. 

Will red meat kill me? What’s so great about kale? organic or not? You have all this confusion out there. And that’s why when we take a Molecular Systems Approach, you go down below the hood, you start understanding what’s in these things, how the nutrients, as we went through mV25™, how things combine, you get a much more holistic idea of what’s going on. That’s why we want to take a Systems Approach. 

Nutritional Differences Between Raw or Sprouted Sunflower Seeds

Now, let’s get down to the nutritional difference between Raw and Sprouted Sunflower Seeds. And now we’re going to talk about what are the nutritional differences between raw and sprouted Sunflower Seeds.  

Ken Fielding says, “CytoSolve® is amazing and eliminates animal testing.” That’s what it does. 

Food Processing Methods

Now let’s go to the differences between Raw and Sunflower Seeds. I like to begin. And this is probably one of the important parts I want everyone to listen to, is that there are many Systems of food processing.

8 Different Ways- Thermal and Non-Thermal 

In fact, there are eight big ways of food processing – eight different ways. And they’re broadly broken out into two different ways. This is something that is not discussed, but we should discuss it here. What are the eight different ways and the two big areas, thermal and non-thermal, thermal and non-thermal.  


There’s thermal meaning, where you can steam, roast fry or boil. I mean, there’s other ways but these are sort of the, think about when you cook, right, you’re applying heat and using steam to me, Steaming is a wonderful way to cook your preserving nutrients. It’s also, if you’re eating plants, it’s breaking it down.


You can digest the cellulose. Roasting, some people like roasting, frying, right, and then boiling. So those are where you’re applying heat, thermal. So those four different ways of ensuring that some people may say there’s microwaving right, or inductive heating, there’s a number of different ways. But these are the four ways. 


The non-thermal ways are soaking, believe it or not, that’s another way to process food, you can take nuts and just leave them overnight, or 18 hours just soak them. It’s different from germinating.


Germination is where you actually wait, you soak them. And then you may soak them for 10 hours, you take the stuff out of the water, and you put it in like a cheesecloth and you hang it. And that’s where it starts sprouting. Okay, different from soaking. 


The next process is Fermentation. You can take for example, seeds or rice or whatever it is, you soak it, and then you may grind it. And then you may keep it in a relatively warm place for another 24 hours still, until it uses the natural bacteria and starts fermenting. 


And the other thing is mechanical, think about how you can take food and blend it when you make a smoothie. Right? You’re just blending it, or you take a mortar and pestle. So you want to think about this. And just let me just help you look at this. These are the two major ways but the eight different ways you can process food. 

I want you to look at that because depending on how you process food, you can get very, very different outcomes, right? Frying obviously is not a great thing to do under certain conditions, right? And other conditions some people say may be more beneficial. And then the same with germination is very different from fermentation.  

If you have animals and you notice your animals take food, sort of disgusting, but you know when I had Huskies or if you have wolf type animals, they’ll take food and they’ll bury it. And then I’ll go dig it out there literally letting the food ferment. And what is fermentation? Fermentation is literally pre digestion. 

If you look at your stomach as a vessel in Traditional Medicines, one the ways that you want to eat is that the more that you can pre-digest the food, you make it easier on your body. You’re getting food that’s pre-digested. You’re not putting out a lot of energy to digest that food. But anyway, it’s very important to keep this in mind. 

Thermal Food Processing

There are different methods of food processing, not all methods are the same. All right. For example, to go a little bit deeper, steaming on a thermal side is typically for 10 minutes, 100 degrees, where you essentially steam it for five to 10 minutes. Roasting is 120 to 160 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes Frying is typically you do an oil 180, there’s some dry, or air fryers, right 180 to 190 degrees 10 to 15 minutes. And boiling, where you put the food in the water, Steaming is not in the water for 10 to 15 minutes. These are the different thermal processes.

Non-Thermal Food Processing

Soaking so let’s discuss the soaking if you leave it in water for up to 20 minutes to 16 hours. Very different process germination, now this includes soaking, sprouting, and then drying at room temperature for up to 24 to 48 hours. 

I may do sort of just a sprouting training but you let’s say you take your Sunflower Seeds, you get some water, soak it in there, right for let’s say a day, then you take the seeds out, throw away the water, you get cheesecloth, put the seeds in there, then you hang the cheesecloth for a day or two days until you see the sprouts growing, that is actually known as germination or sprouting.    

Depends on how you like your food. Depends on how you like it. And then the other process is Fermentation. This is where you expose the food to microorganisms with minimal water for up to 40-72 hours. And this is usually after it’s ground up.

Think about wine as a fermented food. Beer is not, beer is typically heated. Here, you do not heat it, there’s no heating or pasteurization. You’re soaking. Some people soak, they germinate and then they ferment, which means you ground up the soaked or germinated items, and then you expose it. And then with minimal water for up to four to 72 hours. 

Mechanical chopping, trimming, peeling, crushing, slicing, sieving and pressing. If you go look at cold pressed oils, the oil is cold pressed, right it’s pressed down. It’s not fermented, germinated or so. So again, why am I sharing this with you, I want you to understand that how we process food affects the Systemic nature of the food.

How Does Sprouting Affect Sunflower Seed Nutrition – The 3 Key Measures

Now, let’s go do our research. What we discovered, “How does Sprouting affect Sunflower Seed nutrition. And here are the three key measures. How does Sprouting affect Sunflower Seed nutrition? And here are the three key measures. Let’s look at it.

Phytic Acid 

The first is the effect of Sprouting, you can measure by the level of phytic acid. Now phytic acid is not something, you want to be careful of phytic acid is what the plant actually produces, right to protect itself right? From critters. If you were to just consume it, you need to know that the phytic acid can have an effect on leaching minerals from your body doesn’t mean it’s all bad. 

But you want to keep that phytic acid level low. You can see right here; our research showed about 180 milligrams of phytic acid in 100 grams for raw under 80 milligrams. But in germinated this literally drops by nearly a half as you can see that more than half So germinating lowered the phytic acid, a molecule that blocks mineral uptake, in Sunflower Seeds, germinated Sunflower Seeds have 64% lower phytic acid than that of Raw Sunflower Seeds. 

So just ponder that. When you germinate, you reduce the phytic acid level. So that means your body can use the foods and you don’t lower your mineral uptake. This is why if you look at a lot of vegetarians, people say wow, vegetarian doesn’t look too healthy. While traditional cultures have learned that if you’re going to be a vegetarian, you better process food right. And one of the things you want to do is lower the phytic acid. 

Debra Hill says, What about soaking? Yeah, good point, Deborah. 

Depends on how, if you soak for eight hours, and there’s other studies done on this, and then you throw away the water and you clean it that will lower phytic acid but they’re not to the level of sprouting, but definitely soaking is better. 

I typically will take almonds, soak them overnight and then peel them and crush them and eat them. It lowers phytic acid. If you have a little more time, you could sprout it. Well, we’re talking about sprouting today. 


Now minerals, the second key measure. Now look at this, look at the level of minerals in Raw and Germinated, it’s quite a profound difference. So magnesium, there’s 3.3 times more. Mineral availability, increased sprouted Sunflower Seeds 1.25 to two 3.3 times, okay? If you look at calcium, that’s about two and a half times more, potassium 1.25 times more. Iron about two and a half times more, and zinc about two and a half times more. 


And then if you go there, you can look at what happens when you have magnesium, calcium, potassium, and vitamins. The vitamins here in Sunflower Seed, you can see are particular if you look at the iron and the zinc, and potassium there about 1.5, 1.5, 2 and a half times more. You basically have a lot more of the vitamins, minerals, and the phytic acid in Sunflower Seeds. 

Now, How much Sunflower Seeds should we have? And what does current science say about them? Right? How much should we have?  

Someone says, “Dr. Shiva is a big fan of mortar and pestle.” Yeah, I love a mortar and pedestal, if you’ve been over to my house, Ken has. I love mortar and pestle.

What the Current Science Says

How much Sunflower Seeds and what is the current science say about this? How much Sunflower Seeds should we have? Okay, dosage. What does the current science say? Well, it depends on what you’re trying to work. 

Dosaging for Sunflower Seeds

But this is based on the current research, right? If you’re trying to work on obesity, right, lowering weight, about 500 milligrams per day of Sunflower Seed extract that’s from (Leverrier et al., 2014). For skin, for supporting your skin and protecting, let’s say your skin, you can take about six drops of Sunflower Seeds oil daily, and that’s literally on the skin.  

This is the research so if you want it for lowering weight, about 500 milligrams per day, you can get the seed extract, and about Sunflower Seeds for the skin barrier. 

What CytoSolve® Research Reveals

We’ve also noticed that if you take sprouted Sunflower Seeds containing two times to four times more phenolic acid, sprouted Sunflower Seeds have 2.52x more antioxidant activity. Sprouted Sunflower Seeds contain 56% Less phytic acid, and sprouted Sunflower Seeds contain 1.2 to two and a half times more minerals.

That’s one of the important things to understand. Sunflower Seeds have more phenolic acid, more antioxidant activity, less phytic acid and more minerals. And this was in a report we published a couple of years ago. Bottom line, you can eat less of Sprouted Sunflower Seeds, and you get more nutrition. 

Are All Sunflower Seeds Good? Organic vs. Conventional

Another question? Are all Sunflower Seeds good, organic versus conventional? Well, the answer to this is organic Sunflower seeds are preferred over the conventional conventionally grown, the organic sunflower seeds had a higher total antioxidant activity compared to the conventional samples.

And because of their high oil content, that’s what we gotta remember oil, oil oil. That’s what Sunflower Seeds have the lipids. Sunflower Seeds easily absorb these pesticides that end up in our body. One of the things is we have to understand water soluble versus fat soluble. If you take like B vitamins are water soluble, they go through and you piss it out, right. But if you eat too much of the fat-soluble vitamins or vitamin E or the fat-soluble things, they hold on to other things, and they are stored for longer, longer time in your body. 

Obviously if you have pesticides, and their and your pesticide ridden Sunflower Seeds, you’re gonna get more of that being stored in your body. So bottom line organic farming produces healthier products, free of pesticides. 

C.L.E.A.N. & R.A.W. Certification 

One of the things I want to mention is if you go to the stores, you’ll find the seal Certified C.L.E.A.N.® and Certified R.A.W®. We’re very proud of these two seals. It’s what came out of our Systems research and Certified C.L.E.A.N.® and Certified R.A.W® mean is a food safe, was it minimally processed, and the bioavailability of nutrients and you’ll see this out there. 


In Summary, Sunflower Seeds are an excellent source of essential nutrients and Sunflower Seeds provide numerous benefits including cardio-protective, skin-protection, metabolic health, improved digestion, pain relief, etc. And the other thing is Sunflower Seeds enhance, Sprouting Sunflower Seeds enhance their nutritional benefits. 

How, because, one of the ways is that harmful chemicals like phytic acid are lowered and Sprouted Sunflower Seeds, the phenolic compound levels are higher in sprouted Sunflower Seeds. And the antioxidant activity is also higher.

Again, when you look at those nutrients in Sunflower Seeds, just to repeat, many benefits – cardio-protective, skin- protection, metabolic health, improved digestion and pain relief. 

The Power of Systems Science

In closing, what I want to recommend is we’ve taken an approach to looking at this question of which, whether sprouted is better than Raw by a whole System’s Approach. We looked at the Science, then we looked at the nutritional attitudes that are stopping the free discourse discussing this. Doctors and Big Pharma really don’t discuss it and then we ended with the Health Benefits. 

The Foundations of Systems Curriculum

This approach, the System’s Approach is what we do every week in the Foundation of Systems course. I keep hammering that away. I want all of you guys to take a Systems Approach, go to, let me put up that banner, or and learn how to look at the world from a Systems Approach, not from a Reductionist Approach. 

And there you go. And I’m going to play a video that I always like to end with. That’ll give you a whole System’s Approach. But before I do that, let me see if there’s any questions.  

Maria says. “Thank you for sharing all your health knowledge, Truth Freedom Health®, love their fermented foods, and bring us better health.”

Someone says garbage in garbage out their benefit is determinant on the medium that they’re grown in. Excellent. 

Yes, someone says, “When you soak overnight, the brown skin slips off like a glove.” Exactly, Eva. Even with almonds, you can do it, you take off the skin, and then you can get more. More nutrition that way. 

Sprouting equals bioavailability of minerals. Exactly! You nailed it. Also, someone said you get more plant sterols. Excellent.  

Yes. Someone says, “What about roasting them in the oven.” So, Marianne, good question. Later on, this week, or next week, I’ll be looking at the difference between Sprouted and Roasting. One of the things Marian, I think you’re bringing up is if you’re going to eat Nuts and Seeds, and you’re storing them, note that many of the nuts and seeds will get mold, fungus. And it’s very simple. So you can, roasting is good, right?

I always if you’re going to soak them, put a little bit of sea salt overnight, soak it and throw away the water, but you want to be mindful of that. Nuts and Seeds are very delicate. Once they’re taken from that husk. When you go to food stores today, they crack them. A lot of people don’t have nutcrackers anymore, right? Or they’re lazy, and they don’t want to do that. But that’s a good way to protect what’s inside. 

But if they’re already open, just be mindful of that and be aware that you need to process them properly. Alright, so I hope this is valuable. 

Again, we take a Systems Approach here at VA Shiva, as a part of our Truth Freedom Health® movement. And as I close, I always like to play our anthem video, which will hopefully inspire you all to go to And do this for yourself because we need to create a Movement, a Science which we have, and we need to have a Community. And that’s what we’ve done with our movement for Truth Freedom Health®. Let me end with this video. And I hope to see all of you there.

Be well. Be the light. Thank you. 


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