The Many Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds
Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA
Nuts and seeds can not only improve your
health, lower your risk to heart disease, but they are also packed with
many micro and macronutrients. Certain nuts and seeds can be a power house of good fats, protein and vitamins that can help improve your health.
Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds
Many nuts are heart healthy. Nuts like
almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and walnuts decrease the
LDL cholesterol and control the total cholesterol level in the bod, and
can reduce the risk of heart disease dramatically. Other benefits of
eating nuts and seeds include:
Nuts are rich in arginine, antioxidants and
vitamin E that can reduce cholesterol levels.
Nuts contain folic acids that can reduce homocysteine,
which induces heart diseases.
Magnesium, calcium and potassium in nuts reduce
the blood pressure.
Ellagic acid in nuts is anti-carcinogenic.
Campesterol and beta-sitosterol can decrease the
risk of prostate and breast cancers.
Arginine in nuts increases immunity and reduces
the risk of tumor growth.
Magnesium can improve the blood flow.
- Nuts like almonds contain plant sterols and flavonoids like
naringenin and catechin which are effective antioxidants. Almonds are also rich
source of magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, riboflavin, copper and vitamin E. Almonds
helps to reduce body weight.
- Nuts like almonds and walnuts can help lower blood pressure, body fat and body mass index (BMI).
- Walnuts are
rich in nutrients and are the main source of omega-3 fatty acids. This can
reduce cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, and even enhance cognitive
function. Omega-3 fats supply nutrients to brain cells and enhance their
growth. Omega-3 fats can also help to reduce disorders in sleeping, behavior
and learning, commonly found in children.
About the Author
Behar, MS, MBA is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, regularly writing about hot topics in the areas of
health, fitness, disease prevention, nutrition, anti aging and alternative medicine. His work also often appears in
several of the major health and fitness newsletters, health and fitness magazines, and on major health, and
fitness websites. Behar is also a well sought after personal trainer, motivational speaker, and weight loss expert.
Jeff Behar, MS, MBA