Your heart beats about 1, 00,000 times a day, pumping more than 6,000 litres of blood every day through 96,000 km of blood vessels that feed into your tissues and organs. It. Even a minor problem to this spectacular organ can reduce its work drastically and can make a person very sick. With changing lifestyles and daily needs, the best insurance for your health against such risks is precaution.
A healthy heart is a combination of a rejuvenated mind, body and soul. What you eat and how much you exercise contributes significantly to the health of your heart.
Nuts are a great friend of your heart, according to Mayoclinic. Including nuts in your diet can help control the LDL (or the bad cholesterol) level in your blood.
What makes nuts so special?
- Nuts are packed with high protein content. Your body requires more energy to break proteins than fats and carbohydrates. This helps improve your metabolism. This further means that your heart doesn’t have to work extra hard.
- Most nuts are a great source of unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s lower the triglyceride levels in your body and lower the risk of heart attacks.
- Nuts are also a good source of fibre. Fibre improves your digestion and is also known to reduce the risk of diabetes according to WebMD.
So, which nuts are good for me?
Most nuts are good friends with your heart. Mentioned below are some of the popular nuts that you can munch as snacks:
Almonds: Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, calcium and flavonoids. Of all nuts, almonds are known to have among the highest percentage of protein.
Cashews: Cashews are a great source of zinc and iron. Cashews are also a rich source of magnesium which is believed to improve memory.
Chestnuts: Chestnuts have a very low percentage of fats and are a good source of starch and fibre. In the raw form, chestnuts are a great source of vitamin C.
Pistachios: Pistachios are a great source of B6, which is known to have significant amounts of lutein and ziaxanthin – known to help protect eyes.
While nuts are good for health, you should make sure that you don’t overindulge in them. Remember – excess of anything is bad.
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