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Peanuts are often avoided because of the fact that they have high fat content.
However, recent studies have highlighted it as all natural health food.
Provided below are some of the health benefits of groundnuts;
Peanuts for memory:
Groundnut has ample Vitamin B3 and is good brain food. It helps boost memory and the function of the brain.
Frequent intake of peanuts is helpful in improving memory and cognitive skills.
According to the research, frequent intake of niacin rich food like groundnut offers protection against Alzheimer’s disease and age related cognitive decline.
Peanuts fights against depression:
Peanuts are good source of amino acid Tryptophan, which helps production of Serotonin; ‘happiness chemical’ in body.
It is a chemical nerve transmitter that helps regulate various brain functions like mood, pain, appetite and sleep. It helps fight depression and improves mood.
It again helps in treating insomnia, migraine and other pain condition.
It regulates blood sugar:
Peanuts have ample dietary fibers that help regulate blood sugar. It has low GI and releases sugar in blood slowly. It also contains good amount of manganese which plays important role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Further low magnesium is linked to high diabetic risk, with excellent supply of magnesium peanuts help reduce risk of diabetes. Snacking on peanuts can help to maintain blood sugar in between meals. Studies have confirmed the inverse relationship between consumption of nuts and risk of type 2 diabetes.
Peanuts and cancer prevention:
Groundnuts has a form of pytosterol called beta-sitosterol that is believed to protect against cancer by inhibiting tumor growth. It also contains antioxidants which protects body cells from free radicals which may cause cancerous growth. Studies have showed tis ability to reduce stomach cancer and colon cancer.
Peanuts aid digestion:
As groundnuts are rich in dietary fibre, it helps digestion. It allows proper functioning of digestive system and metabolism.
Peanuts reduces the risk of heart disease:
As we know groundnuts contain monounsaturated and poly saturated fatty acid, it keeps the heart healthy by lowering the blood cholesterol and thereby reducing the risk of coronary heart diseases. Groundnut also contain anti oxidants which not only protects the heart but also inhibits the growth of free radicals.
Lowers weight gain;
By regularly eating groundnuts, we can decrease the chance of gaining weight. Surprise! Yes, research has shown that those who eat groundnuts at least twice a week are less likely to gain weight than those who do not eat them at all. Obesity is the great concern for the women, so there is one of the way to keep it at bay. Also groundnuts are high satisfy food, that they make us feel fuller for longer period. The satisfy nature of groundnuts are not solely due to their fat content, fibre content or protein content, but also due to the combined effect of all nutrients.
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