Peanuts health benefits

4 May 2017

There are several health benefits of Peanuts. Although small in size it plays a vital nutritional role and contains amazing health benefits. Most of them avoid peanuts for the fear of cholesterol. Peanuts play a significant role especially in some indian cuisines. The chutney prepared from peanuts is the most prepared cuisine.

 

Ever heard of the term ‘Resveratrol’? Perhaps in connection with red wine? This miracle compound protects against cancer, cardiac and vascular diseases, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It also has anti-ageing properties. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that some plants like grapevine and legumes make in response to fungi or to survive drought and lack of food.

 

Boiled peanuts with their pink skin and sprouted peanuts contain 1.80 to 7.87 microgram/gm of resveratrol. Other sources include seeds of red and purple grapes, skins of cranberries, mulberries, bilberries, blueberries and more.

 

When peanuts are roasted and their skin discarded, the content of resveratrol reduces drastically. Hence the best way to get resveratrol from peanuts is to boil them with the shell.

 

So, go grab some boiled peanuts.

 

The health benefits of Peanuts include:

  1. Helps Promote Fertility (Folate) Peanuts contain a good amount of folate. Repeated studies have shown that women who had a daily intake of 400 micrograms of folic acid before and during early pregnancy reduced their risk of having a baby born with a serious neural tube defect by up to 70%.
  2. Helps Fight Depression (Tryptophan) Peanuts are good sources of tryptophan, an essential amino acid which is important for the production of serotonin, one of the key brain chemicals involved in mood regulation. When depression occurs, a decreased amount of serotonin may be released from the nerve cells in the brain. Tryptophan may raise serotonin’s antidepressant effects when there is an increased amount of serotonin in the blood.
  3. Boosts Memory Power (Vitamin B3) Do you know what can be found in peanuts that gave them the “brain food” tag? This is due to their vitamin B3 or niacin content whose many health benefits include normal brain functioning and boosting memory power.
  4. Aids in Blood Sugar Regulation (Manganese) One fourth cup of peanuts can supply the body with 35% of the DV of manganese, a mineral which plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.
  5. Cancer Protection A form of phytosterol called beta-sitoserol (SIT) is found in high concentrations in some plant oils, seeds, and legumes including peanuts. Phytosterols not only protects against cardiovascular disease by interfering with the absorption of cholesterol, they also protect against cancer by inhibiting tumor growth.
  6. Helps Prevent Gallstones It may come as a surprise that peanuts can help prevent gallstones. But 20 years of studies have shown that eating 1 ounce of nuts, peanuts or peanut butter a week lowers the risk of developing gallstones by 25%.
  7. Boosts Memory Power (Vitamin B3) Do you know what can be found in peanuts that gave them the “brain food” tag? This is due to their vitamin B3 or niacin content whose many health benefits include normal brain functioning and boosting memory power.
  8. Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels (Copper) The same nutrient which gives peanuts their memory enhancing power also helps lower and control cholesterol levels. Added to that is their copper contents which aids in reducing bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels.
  9. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease Numerous studies have shown that regular nuts consumption is linked to reduced risk of heart disease. Peanuts are rich in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats and antioxidants such as oleic acid. So take a handful of peanuts and other nuts at least four times a week to reduce your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease. 
  10. Lowers Risk of Weight Gain Eating nuts regularly is associated with a lowered risk of weight gain. Research has shown that people who eat nuts at least twice weekly are much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eat them

 

With the inputs from Wikinuts and foodiciary

 

 

 

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