Everyone knows the health benefits of many nuts. You can use them to add protein, they give you energy, and they are a filling snack for weight management. But what most people don’t know is that there are medicinal values to many common nuts that just might make a serving of nuts a new staple a daily diet.
Almonds seem to be the nut du jour, but aside from being nutritional powerhouses and a great source of protein, they also can help give relief from your everyday headache. A handful of almonds – roughly 20 – gives the same amount of salicylates as two aspirin.
Walnuts are naturally sweet with a smooth texture, but also contain omega-3 fatty acids. One serving of walnuts has more omega-3 than a serving of tuna or salmon without the added mercury.
Chestnuts and Brazil nuts
Chestnuts and Brazil nuts help reduce stress and anxiety. Chestnuts are one of the lowest in fat and calories and the only nut that contains notable levels of Vitamin C, which helps ease stress and fend of the common cold. Brazil nuts contain high levels of Selenium which is a natural mood enhancer and has anti-anxiety properties.
Macadamia, Cashew, and Pecans
Macadamia Nuts and Cashews are a heart healthy snack while Pecans help lower cholesterol. Each contains monounsaturated fat that supports a good cardiac health and reduces the risk of heart disease. Cashews are also high in iron, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium and zinc, as well as phytochemicals and antioxidants which can protect against cancer. Pecans are high in vitamin E and beta-sitosterol which naturally lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Pine nuts and Peanuts
Pine nuts and Peanuts are both grouped with nuts, but are technically not. However, Pine nuts are great for weight management as they are high in pinolenic acid which helps produce the hormone that triggers your brain to think you’re full. Peanuts are full of vitamins, minerals, and have anti-aging properties from resveratrol – the flavonoid found in red wine.
Nuts can provide protection from heart disease, cancer, aging, and even the common cold. They can help with weight control, relieve stress, and even help with a headache. With all the benefits that you can get from nuts, you may never need to go to a drug store again.
- One Green Planet, 2013
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