Nuts can often be found on the list of unhealthy food. This refers to the processed or fried, salted or topped with chocolate, but if they are raw, they are a treasure trove of health.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that intake of nuts in the body does not have to be restricted. In fact, people who daily consume nuts or consume them as a substitute for other food, lose more weight and have a slimmer waist.
Although we cannot really speak about significant weight loss and reduction in waist circumference, the results showed that nuts do not get you fat, and they are great for cardiovascular health.
Walnuts are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, but also protect the heart in times of great stress when it is particularly vulnerable. Stress usually leads to low immune system, but if you eat almonds which are rich in vitamin E, B vitamins, and magnesium, you protect your immune system.
Good for the heart
Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, Brazil nuts and homemade nuts play an important role in reducing the risk of developing heart disease, according to research from Harvard. This is because nuts can reduce LDL cholesterol.
In addition, they provide healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and fiber, which protect the heart. Nuts are also rich with arginine, an amino acid that helps blood vessels relaxed.
Protect against lung cancer
A diet rich in nuts can to some extent protect against the development of lung cancer, according to preliminary research presented at the Cancer Prevention Research Conference. Scientists think that gamma-tocopherol, a type of vitamin E, plays a key role.
Lower bad cholesterol
Research from 2010 published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that regular consumption of a cup of nuts lowers bad LDL cholesterol by 7.4 percent. In addition, triglyceride decreases by more than 10 percent.
Brazil nuts are full of selenium and they can help against advanced prostate cancer, according to a survey conducted in the Netherlands. Men who had high levels of selenium in the blood had a 60 percent lower risk of having advanced prostate cancer 17 years later.
Due to the healthy amounts of vitamin E, nuts are considered as food for the brain and they prevent cognitive decline that often comes with age. Peanuts are highly recommended because they are rich in vitamins Group B.