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Natural Wonder Peanuts

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Pop in a mouthful of peanuts and you are guarded against so many health complications. Peanuts are indeed natural wonders for they are laden with minerals, phyto- compounds, vitamins and healthy fats. These wonderful ingredients are not healthy for your body, but they also beautify your skin and hair.

Let’s check out the natural wonders of peanuts...

Peanuts ensure cardiovascular health in many different ways

Peanuts are a reservoir of monounsaturated fats, (especially oleic acids) which are absolutely healthy for the heart. This lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol in the body and improves heart-friendly lipid profile. Peanuts also contain copper which has similar effects on bad cholesterol.

Regular consumption of peanuts is known to reduce chances of stroke and coronary artery disease. Arginine (a precursor to the substance nitric oxide) is the amino acid in peanuts that aids in relaxing the blood vessels of the body. This is turn normalizes blood pressure

Peanuts improve brain power and protect it from degenerative diseases

Peanuts contain resveratrol in abundance. It’s a polyphenolic antioxidant that protects the brain from wide degenerative brain diseases. Peanuts also enhance oxygen supply to the brain

Niacin or vitamin B2 is a compound that reduces chances of age-related cognitive decline. People who consume peanuts regularly are 70% less like to have Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin B3 in peanuts improves brain power, i.e. boosts memory.

Peanuts are natural anti-carcinogens, they inhibit growth of tumours

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Peanuts are rich in poly-phenolic antioxidant- p-coumaric acid, a compound that combats formation of nitrosamines (carcinogens), responsible for stomach cancer. The phytosterol- beta-sitoserol (SIT) is present in large amounts in peanuts is highly capable of restricting growth of tumours. Peanuts reduce risk of breast cancer in women.  

Substitute dairy derived butter with peanut butter to control weight gain

Butter products obtained from milk are rich in saturated fats and cholesterol. People with cardiovascular diseases and weight gain problems must not consume those foods. Instead include a small serving of peanut butter daily. It contains mono unsaturated fatty acids which do not increase your weight.

Peanuts contain manganese, a mineral that aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels

The wonderful health benefits of manganese are highly pronounced in peanuts, which is why it is friendly for diabetics. Manganese increases absorption of calcium and improves blood sugar regulation.  

Peanuts controls depression, anxiety and induces sleep

Simply put, peanut is a natural mood control drug. It contains the amino acid tryptophan, which stimulates secretion of the hormone serotonin in the brain. Serotonin helps in regulation of mood by overcoming depression and anxiety in an individual.

Peanut is healthy for pregnant mothers and her baby

Doctors suggest inclusion of folate rich foods in the diet of pregnant mothers. Folic acid is quintessentially important for development of baby’s neural tube into the brain and spinal cord. Start taking little amount of peanuts if you are planning to conceive.

Peanuts have promising benefits on your hair and skin

Peanuts are enriched with vitamin E, which is a natural antioxidant. It naturally protects your skin from inflammation by eliminating toxins and free radicals from the body. Eating peanuts regularly also adds natural shine to hair. Many cosmetic products contain derivates of peanut due to its radiance injecting properties.

We suggest you to eat natural peanuts or roasted varieties without oil, salt and seasoning. This is the best way to receive complete nutritional benefits. While buying peanut butter, look for low sodium varieties, which are heart friendly.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 17, 2015

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