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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Nuts About Nuts

Nuts are well known for the health benefits they can provide. Most of all, they contain several types of nutrients which are often lacking in our everyday diets. Here are some of the most important reasons why you should eat them more:

  1. High Fiber Content

Dietary fibers are actually not absorbed in the human bowels because after ingestion, they pass through our digestive system, cleaning it up in the process. Nuts are very rich in dietary fibers, so people with indigestion and constipation problems should definitely consume them more.

  1. Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

Found in nuts, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, also called polyunsaturated fatty acids, are piquing the interests of researchers because of their multiple health benefits. For one, they lower the cholesterol levels, have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, they also participate in the proper functioning of the nervous system.

  1. Rich in Vitamin E

We would all like to remain young and have nice, smooth skin as long as possible. Vitamin E from nuts help the anti-aging process by acting as an antioxidant. Vitamin E participates in deactivation of free radicals, which are harmful for all the big molecules constituting our bodies, including proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

  1. Regulation of Thyroid Hormone Levels

Brazil nuts contain selenium, which is a very important micronutrient with a balancing effect on the thyroid function. Pop some into your diet everyday and you don’t have to buy the expensive selenium supplements in order to keep your thyroid gland function under control.

  1. Pistachios Are Rich in Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is a very important substance involved in the synthesis of many neurotransmitters (substances which transfer impulses between the nerve cells), such as epinephrine and serotonin. Pistachios are a form of nuts particularly rich in this vitamin.

References

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