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health benefits of nuts

Unless your one of those unfortunates with a bad allergy to them, nuts are good for you in a lot of ways.

In addition to being highly portable and found on most commercial flights, nuts are full of protein, which is good news for the vegetarians, and for the rest of us. They are also a good source for fiber, which makes the stomach feel fuller and helps with digestion. And the list goes on.

Here are some of the health benefits of nuts…

Antioxidants:

Oxidation produces free radicals, which causes damage to the body’s cells. They can influence aging, cause diseases, and generally be a bad thing. Unfortunately, you can’t keep your body in mint condition. You have to use it every day.

Nuts are a super good source of antioxidants, which can help prevent your cells from deteriorating, reduce the effects of aging, and improve immunity. They aid in the elimination of those free radicals, as well as repairing the damage they caused. Walnuts are especially high in antioxidants.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

These are the good fats and the stuff your brain really needs. Your heart needs it, too. And many nuts are full of it!  Omega-3’s help your brain process all its data, stay focused, and in some cases alleviate the symptoms of depression. These fatty acids have also been shown to be anti-inflammatories that help reduce risk of artery disease, strokes, and certain kinds of cancers.

Vitamins and Minerals:

The nutritional content of nuts include vitamin-E, which is great for skin and arteries, and B-Complex, which promotes overall good health. Nuts are also full of essential minerals, such as zinc, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. All good stuff that you need.

So, when you’re in a pinch for something to snack on, instead of getting a bag of greasy chips, try going nuts!

For more information on various nuts and their benefits, go to:
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/nuts_nutrition.html

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  1. Lito commented:

    Cool! :) I’m a nuts lover. Thanks for sharing this factoids

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