nuts are healthy

Are nuts and seeds healthy?

The answer according to dr. Joel Fuhrman is that they are absolutely and utmost healthy. You have to eat according to your needed calorie intake, but if you do that, the nuts and seeds will actually help to enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients from leafy greens, 
Have you ever thought about what the different nuts are good for? Here is a list from the doctor:

  • Almonds are rich in antioxidants. In one study, people ate either almonds or a snack with a similar fat profile each day for 4 weeks, and the subjects who ate almonds showed reductions in markers of oxidative stress.
  • Walnuts. Diabetics who ate walnuts daily for 8 weeks experienced an enhanced ability of the blood vessels to dilate, indicating better blood pressure regulation. There is also evidence that walnuts may protect against breast cancer.
  • Pistachios and Mediterranean pine nuts have the highest plant sterol content of all the nuts – plant sterols are structurally similar to cholesterol, and help to lower cholesterol levels. Pistachios reduce inflammation and oxidative stress as well as cholesterol.
  • Mediterranean pine nuts contain a specific type of fatty acid that has been shown to curb appetite by increasing hormones that produce satiety signals.
  • Flax, hemp, and chia seeds are extremely rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids,and hempseeds are especially high in protein, making them a healthy food for athletes.
  • Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, calcium, and phytochemicals, and may help to prevent prostatecancer.
  • Sesame seeds have the greatest amount of calcium of any food in the world, andprovide abundant amounts of vitamin E and contain a unique antioxidant called sesamin.

The nuts will also be helpfull if you are trying to lose weight, so don’t cut them out of your diet. Read why and more on the subject at:

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