Nuts are an important source of nutrients for humans. Nuts may be eaten plain, either in raw or roasted form. They may also be added as ingredients to Asian stir fries, pulverized for flavoring in sauces, and baked into cookies, cakes, and fruit breads. Oils pressed from nuts aren’t just for eating. They can also be used in the manufacturing of cosmetics.
Health Benefits of Nuts
Adding nuts in moderation to your diet may be helpful in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Medical studies have shown that many varieties of nuts can lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol levels. Low LDL levels can, in turn, reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Nuts are also beneficial because many of them contain an amino acid known as L-arginine. This critical nutrient may keep artery walls healthy and flexible.
Nuts are rich in folate or folic acid. Folate may help bolster brain function. Folate has also been associated with decreasing the chance for depression as well as staving off cognitive decline in senior citizens.
Medical experts believe that regular consumption of nuts in place of unhealthy snacks can help lower the body weight and the blood sugar levels of people with diabetes and other types of metabolic disorders.
Benefits of Nuts to the Skin
Nuts can help with more than the internal workings of the body. They may also help you maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin. Here’s how:
- Eating nuts can have a calming effect on the muscles, blood vessels and nerves, resulting in increased blood flow for healthy skin.
- Fatty acids in nuts can help prevent swelling and redness of the skin. Vitamin E, zinc, and magnesium found in many nuts make the skin glow and prevent the growth of bacteria that cause skin breakouts.
- Nuts are high in Vitamin C, which helps the skin maintain its elasticity and firmness.
- Nuts are high in fiber, which flushes out toxins and other harmful wastes from the body.
- Omega-3 fatty acids in nuts keep the skin hydrated and moisturized.
Eating Nuts Year-round
Stock up on nuts on National Nut Day (October 22), but don’t stop there. Add nuts to your diet on an ongoing basis. Sprinkle them on your cereal, eat them with dried fruits for a calorie-dense snack, and add them to savory dishes for texture and depth of flavor. Incorporating more nuts into your diet can help improve your quality of life and the health of your skin.