How often do you eat nuts? And we’re not talking about roasted peanuts. Nuts are not just healthy snacks (in raw or baked form) but also a superfood packed with high-quality nutrients and fine oils that can keep your brain and heart going strong.
There was a time when even scientists feared that the fats found in nuts may be dangerous. However, this view changed when more and more studies found that, when consumed raw, nuts are an amazing intake for our health. Of course, it’s not recommended to abuse them, but a hand full of cashews or almonds will always be a fantastic snack. Still, not all nuts are good so you shouldn’t be munching on anything that looks like them. To make things easier, below you can find a list of nuts that may help you increase your general health state.
They may be difficult to break, but the core is amazing and delicious! Walnuts are the nuts richest in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. These two fight against cellular damage and inflammation keeping you away from premature aging, heart diseases, and even cancer. As you probably already noticed, these are compounds also found in fish, so if you don’t really like fish, walnuts are the way to go.
And here’s one small secret: walnuts are known to help alleviate PMS symptoms due to manganese content.
This is one delicious nut! Besides the great taste, they are packed with fibers and Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. They are even recommended during low-calorie diets because they can help regulate the blood sugar and thus, cravings. Almonds are also great in reducing bad cholesterol and they support gut bacteria that help increase our immune system.
Rich in zinc, magnesium, and iron, cashews are brain food. The increased level of iron helps increase cellular oxygenation and the zinc is amazing for our immune system and vision. Even more, the magnesium is great for memory and age-related brain deterioration. So, if you want to live long and prosper, cashews are the way to go.
Rich in calories but also packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, macadamia nuts are great for lowering bad cholesterol. Still, you must pace yourself and consume them in small quantities.
Not only delicious but also low in fat, this nut is absolutely amazing for your system! First of all, you shouldn’t feel guilty that you like them so much. Pistachios are the nuts with the lowest calorie content per piece (about 4) and the best part is that you can’t eat too many. The shells force you to eat them slowly and you get full faster.
According to studies, Pistachios may help reduce lung cancer risks and they contain a form of Vitamin E that is known to fight against cancers. If this wasn’t enough, they are also packed with Vitamin B6 and potassium. This means that you’re in for a good mood while your nervous system and muscles are healthy, healthy, healthy.
Of course the list can go on as there is a wide range of nuts out there. However, make sure to read about their features before deciding to introduce them in your diet.