Going nuts about peanuts!

Whole peanuts also known as earthnuts, ground-nuts, or pygmy nuts contain high amount of protein, which makes it a preferred diet of those people engaged in body-building and also those who are underweight.

In fact, not many know this but the raw peanut butter with crushed skin contains much higher amounts of nutrient than refined “nut-only” butter. But whichever form you prefer it in, there’s no denying its health benefits.

l    Peanuts contain high concentrations of antioxidant polyphenols, primarily a compound called p-coumaric acid. Roasting peanuts increases its p-coumaric acid levels, boosting it overall antioxidant content by as much as 22 percent. Roasted peanuts rival the antioxidant content of blackberries and strawberries, and are far richer in antioxidants than apples, carrots or beets.

l    Unsalted peanuts are good for your arteries. One quarter cup of peanuts contains as much monounsaturated fat as a tablespoon of olive oil. Monounsaturated fats have been shown to lower blood cholesterol.

l    Peanuts’ high niacin content helps in the recovery of cell damage and provides protection against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive problems.

l    Peanut contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that is shown to significantly reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

l    Peanuts contain iron, that’s essential for the correct functioning of red blood cells.

l    Peanut is rich in calcium which helps promotes healthy bones.

l    Peanut has high bioflavonoid resveratrol. This bioflavonoid helps improve blood flow in the brain by as much as 30 percent, thus reducing the risk of stroke. Adding even small amounts of peanut products to the diet can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol by 14 percent.

l    Peanuts’ fiber content helps lower the risk of colon cancer.

l    Peanuts accelerate the growth of male and female hormones.

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