007 – Health benefits of nuts

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Health benefits of nuts

There are different types of nuts in the world depending on your locality. They contain similar properties. They are rich in plant-fats, fiber and plant based proteins. Most of them are rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and good in managing heart conditions.  They help manage and reduce inflammation. Helps to lower cholesterol over time. Helps reduce the risk for heart attacks or strokes. Also helps in diabetic issues.

Many of the nuts contain good amounts of minerals that include, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorous, selenium and more. Some of the nuts include almond, cashew, coconut, date palm, oil palm, pecan, tiger nut, walnut and many more. A few of them will be discussed here.


Almonds are a great source of fiber. Eating a handful of almonds or drinking a glass of almond milk can keep your gastrointestinal tract moving and prevent constipation. Almonds can also promote healthy bacteria in your gut. This can help you digest your food and even fight off illness. They are a digestive help. Vitamin E in almonds is good for your heart health and lowers high LDL cholesterol levels. They also contain calcium, phosphorous and much more.

They are loaded with antioxidants, plant source fats and protein. These antioxidants protect the cells of the body from the premature aging process. It helps prevent and manage blood sugar and diabetes because of the presence of fat and protein that slows the process of carbohydrate absorption in the gut. Almonds are rich in magnesium which can help lower blood pressure; because having a low magnesium level in your blood can put you at risk for hypertension.


Some people consider the coconut a fruit and others see it as a nut. The coconut fruit is made up of water, flesh and oil. They are all for human consumption. Coconut water is a wonderful gift of nature to humanity for maintaining good health. It is like plasma in humans because it is isotonic. It has the following health benefits:

It is good for hydration and helps remove toxins from the body.

It is an antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral food.

It helps maintain a good digestive system.

It contains water that is lower in calories than citrus.

It contains no cholesterol and has less fat compared to milk.

It is a natural sterile water.

It contains large amounts of potassium, very little sodium and high in chloride.

Its water is low in sugar and carbohydrate and almost fat free.

It helps balance body chemistry.

It is good for diabetes, poor circulation and digestive issues.

It helps improve the immune system and good for preventing kidney stones.

It helps fight cancer and viruses.

It reduces bad cholesterol and increases the level of good cholesterol.

It reduces aging spots, wrinkles and sagging flabby skin.

It prevents and or reduces inflammation, liver disease and tooth decay.

It helps protect the body against colon, breast cancer etc.

It is beneficial for the proper functioning of the heart, because of the content of lauri-acid; and helps improve cholesterol levels and control of hypertension.

It helps improve the health of the arteries, prevent liver disease and pancreatitis.

Oil palm fruit and nut

The fruit is a little juicy with a seed enclosed in a kernel. The juice contains oil which is processed in many ways. The seed contains oil. The fruit has many health benefits, contrary to past misconceptions. The palm oil is red in color and contains saturated and unsaturated fats. It contains trans-fatty acid not cholesterol. It is a wonderful fruit made up of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Like all good food items it is good to use it in moderation. Other benefits include:

It improves blood sugar control.

It improves blood circulation and protects against heart disease.

It improves the absorption of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

It protects against cancer, and supports healthy lung and liver.

It supports eye and teeth health.

It is very rich in beta-carotene, vitamins E and K, and lycopene.

Vitamin E in palm oil enhances the use of estrogen in the body.

It contains antioxidants used as anti-aging substance.

Date palm nut

It is often considered a fruit. The outer fleshly part is edible, brown in color and sweet. It contains a small hard seed inside. It contains a lot of minerals and vitamins which includes potassium, and is higher than in banana. It also contains, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, carbohydrate, folic acid, vitamin A and some B vitamins such as niacin, thiamin and riboflavin. Other health benefits include:

It serves as an energy booster.

It helps in preventing gut cancer.

Helps in promoting healthy and beneficial intestinal bacteria.

It contains potassium that helps body metabolism and nervous system health, and helps the heart and muscle activities and functioning.

It is important to consume dates daily in your meals or as a snack, to derive the health benefits that are many. Know your health problems and the vitamins, minerals and substances that your body needs to heal itself. Many disease conditions are a consequence of nutrient deficiency and abuse  of the body.