We often eat nuts, but how much do we know about these fruits? Research shows that some popular and obscure nuts have some truly amazing properties. Learn about them today to be healthy tomorrow and always!
1. Almonds: Strengthens bones, nails and teeth
Almonds are real tree nuts. It is one of the best sources of “beauty vitamin” E and manganese, providing 48% and 27% of the daily value, respectively.
Compared to other nuts, it has the highest calcium content. And calcium is needed to maintain the strength of bones, nails and teeth, as well as the normal functioning of muscles and nerves. That is why these nuts should be eaten more often.
By the way!
If for some reason a person does not drink milk, you can replace it with almonds. This nut milk is rich in calcium and vitamin E.
2. Black Walnuts: Maintain a Healthy Weight
Most people are only familiar with English walnuts. They grow in household plots and are widely used in the food industry. But there are also black walnuts. They have less fat and carbohydrates, but almost 50% more protein. Plus, it’s lower in calories. Therefore, they are ideal for snacking for those who are on a diet or trying to maintain a healthy weight.
3. Pistachios: Support visual acuity
These common nuts can bring many benefits to a woman’s body. Due to the high content of vitamin B6, they are famous for their ability to reduce the symptoms of menopause. Nuts are also rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which play an important role in maintaining visual acuity and preventing eye diseases.
4. Brazil nuts: improve sperm quality
Just one serving of Brazil nuts (5–6 pieces) contains about 544 micrograms of selenium, which is several times the daily requirement. Selenium plays an important role in male reproductive health. It maintains a good libido and helps the body of the stronger sex to produce quality sperm. And selenium deficiency can even lead to infertility.
Selenium is a mineral that works as an antioxidant. It strengthens the immune system and helps in wound healing. Therefore, it is worth paying attention to athletes, and to everyone who is engaged in hard physical labor.
5. Chestnuts: Help Fight Viruses
Chestnuts are also one of the varieties of nuts. Compared to other fruits, they have the lowest fat and calorie content. Raw, they are an excellent source of vitamin C. As you know, this vitamin has general strengthening properties and helps the body fight bacteria and viruses.
6. Acorn: improves the health of offspring
Oak nut, or oak nut, as it is also called, has healing properties. However, many people now underestimate him. And once acorns were the main food all over the world. Historical evidence shows that people were eating acorns as early as 6000 BC.
Acorns are a moderate source of manganese. One serving of nuts will provide 17% of its daily value. At the same time, it is known that mothers with manganese deficiency in their bodies gave birth to children with low body weight. And low concentrations of manganese in the blood of children lead to a deterioration in thought processes.
7. Hazelnut: Promotes healthy conception
Hazelnut is a storehouse of vitamin E, manganese and copper, and therefore is indicated to everyone who is faced with diseases of the heart and blood vessels. In addition, it increases the chances of women to conceive, as it effectively increases the level of vitamin E in the body, the deficiency of which leads to infertility.
Contained in hazelnuts is also useful for the expectant mother and baby folic acid. In one serving of hazelnuts (30 g) — 22 mcg of the substance.
Did you know?
The second name of this useful nut is hazel. In the European part of Russia, about 30 of its species are grown.
8. Macadamia nuts: strengthen the heart
In the ranking of nuts, this variety is one of the most fatty and high-calorie. One serving of macadamia nuts (30 g) will bring 215 kcal. But there is good news too! All the fats present in nuts are healthy, that is, mega-useful.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated acids support heart health, help lower high levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood, and maintain a healthy weight.
9. Pili nuts: will replace vitamin complexes
On the territory of Russia, little is known about these nuts, but in Western countries they already enjoy well-deserved popularity. They are recommended to athletes and everyone who adheres to a keto diet.
The taste of these nuts is pleasant, oily. Almost 90% of their weight is fats, the remaining 10% are vitamins E and B, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, copper and other valuable minerals. These nuts will be an excellent help at the time of beriberi, but they should be consumed in moderation.
10. Pecans: fight fatigue
These are the perfect nuts for anyone who doesn’t feel well in the morning and can’t get rid of the feeling of tiredness. Pecan contains a rare vitamin B3, which restores strength and fills the body with energy. And this nut is very beneficial for men’s health, as it contains the substance beta-sitosterol. There are studies proving that it can prevent prostate diseases.
On a note!
The Pecan tree can reach 40 meters in height and bear fruit for 300 years.
11. Cola Nut: Energizing
If you can’t imagine your life without energy drinks, then this kind of nuts is for you. It contains natural caffeine and theobromine — the same ones that are present in a cup of coffee. Walnut has a stimulating effect and helps to stay awake when needed.
But when using them, you need to be careful: one Cola nut contains twice as much caffeine as in a cup of strong coffee.
12. Cashews: Improve Cognitive Function
These nuts are a must for anyone on a vegetarian diet as they are high in protein, iron and zinc. They are also rich in magnesium, a mineral that is very important for the health of the nervous system, it improves cognitive function and slows the progression of age-related memory loss.
13. Peanuts: prevents hair loss
Although botanically, peanuts are legumes, that doesn’t stop many people from referring to them as nuts. That’s why we included it in this list. The fats present in peanuts are beneficial for health and maintaining a figure. One study found that people who eat peanuts at least twice a week are less likely to put on extra pounds. And other studies show that peanuts have a higher protein content than many other nuts.
In addition, peanuts are rich in biotin, a deficiency of which can lead to hair loss and increased brittle nails.
Include nuts in your menu more often and try different options. By sticking to variety, you will get the most benefit.