diciembre 15, 2014 lola

Walnuts and chestnuts

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Walnuts: 

– Thanks to their richness in Omega 3 fatty acids, walnuts help reducing LDL levels (“bad cholesterol”) and the risk of heart diseases.

– A regular consumption of these nuts has a relaxing effect on blood vessels, which helps in lowering blood pressure.

– Walnuts are also rich in ellagic acid, ie, a powerful antioxidant present in many other fruits and vegetables, with capacity to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the body.

– Their significant content in B vitamins, particularly vitamin B6 or pyridoxine, makes a regular consumption of walnuts significantly suitable if we suffer from stress, depression, fatigue, asthma and even when the PMS in women appears.

– Walnuts are also an important source of folic acid and vegetable protein.

– These nuts have the ability to stimulate neuronal activity and have a positive effect on our nervous system.

– Their considerable calcium content makes them ideal for keeping bones and teeth strong and healthy.

– Their richness in phosphorus may help us to have a greater endurance.

– Walnuts, contrary to what may seem, must always be present in our lives. Although highly caloric, and thus we shouldn’t take more than 3 or 4 a day, they are high in fiber and could help to satiate our appetite, so they can be helpful when we need to lose weight.

 

Chestnuts:

– Their considerable potassium content helps to combat fluid retention, promotes diuresis and helps preventing hypertension.

– Chestnuts provide iron, essential to combat this mineral deficiency states and the headaches associated to.

– They’re nuts very rich in fiber, hence regular consumption of them helps regulating intestinal transit.

– For all those who suffer physical and nervous exhaustion chestnuts should be included in the diet, since the intake of these wonderful nuts provides immediate energy. They contain vitamin compounds that can help controlling nervousness and promoting concentration, hence they are an ideal and healthy option for students during exams time.

– Their moderate energy intake makes them desirable for everyone, even for those who need to lose weight. Chestnuts present in their composition about a 40 percent complex carbohydrates, ie, those that the body absorbs gradually, so also provide satiety for longer.

– They’re also a recommended food if stress and depression, as well as during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

– Their fat content (about 3 percent) is less than presented in another nuts, as we know, around 50 percent. This, together with their considerable water content (about half of their weight), make chestnuts an ideal snack in case of overweight and obesity.

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