Are you looking for more information on the health benefits of nuts and seeds? If so, you have come to the right place. When most people think of 'health' foods, they think of fruits and vegetables. Many people do not realize, however, that nuts and seeds also offer a wide variety of health benefits. To learn more about the health benefits of these foods, continue reading this article. Throughout the article we will discuss how whole foods benefit our diet. We will also discuss some of the health benefits of specific seeds such as almonds, cashews, and flax seeds.
Let's begin by discussing the importance of nuts and seeds. These foods are very healthy and nutritious, enriching our bodies with healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
What do each of these components do? Healthy fats (unsaturated fats) help to lower our cholesterol levels, reducing our risk of developing heart disease. Unsaturated fats are especially important for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, helping the baby develop normally. Healthy fats also help to prevent several inflammatory conditions including Chrohn's disease, asthma, and arthritis.
The protein contained within these foods helps our bodies to produce muscle, cartilage, skin, and blood, while at the same time increasing the strength of our hair and nails. On top of this, protein also provides our bodies with energy, helps to repair damaged tissue, and helps our bodies maintain a strong immune system.
On top of unsaturated fats and proteins, nuts and seeds contain fiber and a wide range of vitamins and minerals. For anyone trying to lose weight, fiber helps aide in weight loss by giving our stomach a full feeling quickly. Nuts and seeds are also rich in vitamin E, along with other vitamins and minerals that help to slow the aging process and prevent many age-related diseases.
What seeds are the healthiest? Almonds, cashews, and flaxseeds are among some of healthiest that you can eat. Let's take a brief look at the health benefits of each, beginning with almonds.
Almonds are good sources of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, vitamin B2, and magnesium. This combination helps to lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, and protect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease. They are also great for that much needed mid-day energy burst.
Cashews are good sources of monounsaturated fats, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper. Like almonds, cashews promote cardiovascular health.
Finally, are flaxseeds. Flaxseeds are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, protecting against bone diseases, heart diseases, certain cancers, and diabetes.
As one can see, eating a variety of nuts and seeds is very beneficial to our health. Continue to research more about these foods so that you can reap the benefits!
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