HEALTHY HEARTS GO NUTS: PEANUTS & ALMONDS

from Nutrition and You and other sources

PEANUTS have 161 calories/ounce and are a source of energy.  These nuts are a powerhouse of nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins essential for good health.

They’re especially rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid, that help lower total cholesterol by lowering LDL/bad and raising HDL/good cholesterols.

The nuts are a good source of high-quality amino acids (dietary proteins).

Peanuts are a good source of poly-phenolic antioxidants, primarily in    p-coumaric acid, believed to reduce the risk of stomach cancer by reducing the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines.

They’re also a good source of resveratrol, an antioxidant having protective functions against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease and viral/fungal infections.  Studies suggest resveratrol reduces stroke risk by alteration of molecular mechanisms in blood vessels and by increasing the production of the vasodilator hormone, nitric oxide.

The nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E, a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant that helps maintain the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting from harmful free radicals.

Peanuts are packed with many B-complex groups of vitamins that support the action of vital enzymes.  The nuts are good sources of minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.

ALMONDS have 164 calories/ounce and are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.  They’re packed with numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals, offering protection against diseases and cancers.

These nuts are especially rich in monounsaturated oleic acid and palmitoleic acids that help lower total cholesterol by lowering LDL/bad and raising HDL/good cholesterols.

Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant that helps maintain the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting from harmful free radicals.

The nuts contain many B-complex groups of vitamins that support the action of vital enzymes.  They’re a good sources of minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Selenium is an important micro-nutrient that supports the action of antioxidant enzymes.  Zinc supports the action of enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.  Copper also supports the action of vital enzymes.

For answers to questions about the nutritional content and value of foods, go to http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/

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