Saturday, 3 March 2012

Health Benefits Of Eating Peanuts

  • Peanuts are rich in many health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for good health.
  • They are rich in mono unsaturated fatty acids that help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • These nuts are good source of dietary protein that are essential for growth and development.
  • Peanuts are excellent source of resveratrol, a poly phenol antioxidant which has been found to have protective function against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzhemer's and viral/fungal infections.
  • It also reduces stroke risk.
  • Recent studies suggest that boiling enhances antioxidant concentration.
  • It is an excellent source of vitamin-E which is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant which helps to maintain the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membrane and skin by protecting from harmful oxygen free radicals.
  • Peanuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, vitamin-B6 and folates.
  • 100 grams of peanuts provide about 85% RDI of niacin, which contribute to brain health and blood flow to brain. 
  • They are rich source of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnecium, zink and selenium.
Just a hand full of peanuts per day provide enough recommended levels of phenolic antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein. 

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