The Nutty Affair continues

We all know about the various health benefits of nuts. Heres more to it that latest studies have confirmed.

Lowers Cholesterol

Scientists say that apart from just avoiding fatty foods, including nuts as part of your daily diet is essential for lowering cholesterol and remaining healthy in general. Latest research at the University of Toronto in Canada, suggests that a diet rich in nuts and oats, have been effective in lowering cholesterol levels. Almonds, for instance, is well-known for their ability to fight LDL (bad) cholesterol, and are associated with reduced risk of heart diseases. Studies have shown that consuming almonds five times a week helped in 50percent reduced risk of heart diseases.

Antioxidants

According to Aparna Tandon, a dietician, a diet rich in dietary fibre is helpful for those fighting obesity. It also defends one from cancer. However, to obtain maximum benefit, one should refrain from peeling their skin. A handful of nuts can actually prevent you from turning to junk food every time you are hungry.

An ounce of almonds can help meet nearly 33percent of daily requirement of your body. Apart from being a rich source of vitamin E, they also help remove toxins and improve immunity levels.

Magnesium and Potassium

A quarter cup of almonds can make up for nearly 25percent of one’s daily requirement of magnesium. Magnesium is required by the body for good blood circulation, oxygen supply and nutrients through the body. Potassium is another substance that helps in maintaining normal blood pressure and proper heart functioning. Regular intake of nuts such as almonds and apricots help in providing your body with these essential minerals.

Folic acid

According to Dr. Abha Sharma, a gynaecologist, almonds, walnuts and cashew nuts contain folic acid, essential during pregnancy and lactation period for women, as it prevents abnormalities in foetuses and infants.

For iron

All nuts, particularly nuts such as apricots, are rich in iron and the best remedy to treat anaemia.

Treats constipation

All nuts are rich in fibre, and contain pectin and cellulose, the compounds that help in treating constipation and improve functioning of the bowels. They also are high in alkaline content, and hence they help improve digestion when taken after a meal.

For better eyesight

Nuts such as chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans and apricots, due to their high content of vitamin A, are beneficial for eyesight.

For boosting memory

Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E, and therefore are associated with less age-related cognitive decline. Including an ounce of walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, cashews, brazil nuts, flax seeds etc in your diet, can help in boosting memory.

Nuts are easy to carry, fun to much, and meet all essential nutrient requirements and hence, there is no harm in continuing this nutty affair, as they also do not burn a hole in your pocket!

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