Health Benefits of Nuts
Nuts can be addictive but if they are eaten in moderation, their health benefits are immense. They are great source of proteins, vitamins and healthy oils especially vitamin E oil. Eating nuts ensures a healthy cardio- vascular system. It is always a good option to munch on nuts and not to go for unhealthy snacks between meals. Every nut is shapes like the organ it helps most, such as walnuts are shaped like the human brain and the cashew nuts like the kidneys. Therefore, you will know which nut is good for which body part.
The top four nuts that I recommend are Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts and Cashew Nuts but one can always choose from a great variety of other healthy nuts available in the market.
Almonds are a rich source of magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, folic acid, calcium, vitamin E (an anti-oxidant) and selenium. Almonds are also high in fiber. They contain high levels of healthy monounsaturated fats.
Almonds help in preventing diseases such as gall stones, type 1 diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, impotency, respiratory diseases. They help cut cholesterol and aid weight loss. They help to fight against the health damaging free radicals and increase the oxygen-based energy production.
The flavonoids in the skin of the almonds together with the vitamin E, which is in the flesh of the nut, make them an extremely powerful antioxidant. They are also anti cancer agents.
Almonds are rightly called the king of nuts for their excellent health benefits. Have 8-10 almonds a day to keep your skin glowing and body in good health.
Walnuts are excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as vitamin E. they are rich in proteins.
Walnuts are a fantastic brain food and nourish the brain. They help lower cholesterol and in that way help heart too. They help in strengthening the bones due to presence of Omega 3 fat in them and improve the functions of the intestines.
They also help in lowering the risk of gall stone formation. They contain a hormone called Melatonin, which is produced by the pineal gland, in bio-available form. It helps in inducing and regulating sleep and is a powerful antioxidant.
Walnuts also contain an antioxidant compound called ellagic acid, which blocks the metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer.
Therefore, walnuts have a wellness formula in a nutshell.
Peanuts are a good source of vitamin E, A, B and C, fiber, folic acid, thiamine, niacin, copper, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc. They are a very good source of monounsaturated fats.
Peanuts are the powerhouse of nutrients and a very healthy snack. Peanuts are also a good source of resveratrol. Generally associated with red wine, resveratrol is believed to slow or prevent formation of arterial plaque and are good for heart. Peanuts can act as an appetite suppressant.
A quick snack of peanuts can satisfy hunger for up to two and a half hours. They are rich source of anti oxidants and protect our body from cancer causing free radicals. They help fight the type 2 diabetes. They also increase the immunity levels if taken daily in moderation. They are also extraordinarily high in polyphenols and proteins.
Eat them roasted or make a delicious peanut butter from them.
4. Cashew Nuts
Key Ingredients and benefits:
Cashew nuts are significant sources of iron which is essential for red blood cell function and enzyme activity, magnesium which promotes energy release and bone growth, phosphorus that helps build bones and teeth, zinc that is essential for digestion and metabolism and selenium which has important antioxidant properties, thus protecting the body from cancer.
They are also great source of protein. They have low-fat content and are cholesterol free. They are rich in iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamin A. They are good body builders and energizers. Cashews contain healthy monounsaturated fat that promotes good cardiovascular health.
Magnesium works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the body. It also helps promote normal sleep patterns in menopausal women. High copper content in cashew nuts is vital in energy production, greater flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints.
They are rich in dietary fibers also and can help weight management.
Nuts should be eaten in moderation. Replace the unhealthy snacks with fistful of healthy mixed nuts and reap their benefits.