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The many health benefits of eating NUTS

Last updated on: July 31, 2012 12:57 IST

From fighting heart disease to easing depression, you stand to gain a lot by going the nutty route!

You'll be amazed at the extent to which consuming nuts can benefit your body. Read on to learn just how.

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Protecting your heart

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Almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts and chestnuts have a high amount of antioxidants that protect your heart.

Almonds contain heart-healthy nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, magnesium and potassium.

Enjoy a handful of nuts daily or four times a week, as they are tasty and help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Should you soak nuts before consumption?

Last updated on: July 31, 2012 12:57 IST

It's good to soak nuts -- and some may even sprout when soaked.

Almonds and peanuts prevent gallstones

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If you eat 100 grams of peanuts or almonds or cashews every week, you significantly reduce the risk of developing gallstones; these nuts contain monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and mineral magnesium, all of which improve the emptying action of the gallbladder.

Antioxidants in peanuts higher than in fruit

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Roasted peanuts can rival the antioxidant content of blackberries and strawberries and contain more than is found in apples, carrots or beets.

Studies show that antioxidants in peanuts deliver powerful heart health benefits.

Why walnuts are a superfood

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Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fats, which protect your heart and prevent the progress of Alzheimer's.

Omega-3 fats also possess anti-inflammatory benefits and are helpful for skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis, as well as for conditions like asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

Include walnuts in your daily diet to sleep well -- they contain a bio-available form of melatonin, a hormone involved in inducing and regulating sleep. Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant, which helps reduce oxidative stress caused by free radical damage. Thus, walnuts help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.