One can never get enough of nuts. In fact, one can just go nuts, eating nuts. (Pun intended…) Nuts are loaded with calories, but they also have a lot of health benefits to offer.
Nuts are a rich source of proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, and good fats. They contain mono-saturated fats that are good for the body―incidentally this fat helps keep the stomach flat. The fat also helps prevent chronic heart diseases. It is said that 10 walnuts complete our daily need for omega-3 fatty acids. Around 15 to 20 almonds can provide for most of our daily vitamin E needs. Peanuts provide for 25% of our daily need for niacin and folate.
Brazil nuts are dry fruits which are similar to macadamia nuts. These nuts are rich in protein, fiber, selenium, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin E, and thiamine. Selenium in these nuts helps ward off the risk of cancer, as this antioxidant helps fight carcinogenic free radicals. They also help one maintain weight and in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Brazil nuts are helpful for patients suffering from Acrodermatitis enteropathica, which is a rare inherited disease. This is so because these nuts can help alleviate zinc deficiency.
Pine nuts are actually edible seeds of pine trees. They are one of the few sources of pinolenic acid, which acts as a natural appetite suppressant. They also contain oleic acid which helps the liver function properly. Pine nuts also help prevent blockage of the arteries. These nuts are packed with iron which helps the body maintain the right hemoglobin levels. Magnesium found in them help prevent muscle cramps and fatigue.
Walnuts are rightly called the food of the gods. They strengthen the immune system, protect the heart, and nourish the brain. They are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which makes them an ideal health snack for people suffering from asthma, arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis. Walnuts reduce the cholesterol level in the body and encourage the production of good cholesterol. They also help people with sleep related illness. Some also say that walnuts reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. They are also known to increase bone density and prevent gallstones.
Monkey nuts and groundnuts are some of the many names that peanuts are known by. Munching peanuts is not only a good way to pass time, but also an excellent way to nourish the body. Peanuts provide the body with the required vitamins that help maintain a balanced metabolic rate. They nourish and strength the muscles and tissues. They provide the body with good fats that protect the heart, and also fight against harmful free radicals.
Almonds are known to be greatly beneficial for healthy skin. They help against pimples, premature wrinkles, and hair fall. Almond oil massages are known to give the skin a natural glowing complexion. Almonds are used to treat anemia, as they are a rich source of copper and iron. They are known to improve bone density, and are also very good for the brain. They are good for the digestive system too as they are natural laxatives.
The next time you catch yourself munching away on some nuts, don’t worry, you are doing your body more good than you can imagine.