The nuts are in every possible list of healthy food. This statement doesn’t refer to processed, fried, salty or dipped in chocolate, but if they are unprocessed in raw form, they are real fountain of health.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published a study in which was proven that the intake of nuts in our organism doesn’t have to be restricted. Actually, people who consume nuts regularly on a daily basis or they consume them as alternative for other foods, are losing weight faster and have slimmer waist.
Although we cannot speak about significant weight loss and reduction of the waist, the results have showed that the nuts don’t make us fat. They are also very beneficial for the health of our cardiovascular system.
Walnuts are very rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which protects the heart in times of big stress when it is most vulnerable. The stress usually weakens the immune system, but if you eat almonds which are rich in vitamin E, B-vitamins and magnesium you will surely keep your immune system at the desired level.
Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, Brazilian Nuts, walnuts and Cashew Nuts are crucial in the prevention of heart disease, according to a study conducted at Harvard. This is due to the ability of nuts to reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL). Besides this, they provide us with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and fibers that protect the heart. The nuts are also rich source of arginine and amino acid that relaxes the blood vessels.
A diet rich in pistachios can keep you safe from lung cancer, according to preliminary research presented at Cancer Prevention Research Conference. The scientists believe that the gamma-tocopherol which is a type of vitamin E plays very important role.
According to a study released in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2010, consummation of one cup of nuts per day reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL) by 7.4%. Also, the concentration of triglycerides is lowered by more than 10%.
A study conducted in Netherlands concluded that Brazilian nuts are loaded with selenium and can help in the fight against advanced prostate cancer. The men who had high levels of selenium in their blood had 60% less chances of developing prostate cancer.
Due to the high concentration of vitamin E the nuts are considered as super-food for the brain. They also protect us from cognitive fall which is usually caused by ageing. The peanuts are highly recommended because of the high concentration of B-vitamins.
According to a study from UCLA, only two handfuls of nuts per day will improve the sperm quality in men.