Here is a list of benefits that come with adding nuts to your diet

Nuts are rich in protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals. Experts say a handful of nuts (literally - one handful) can enrich your daily diet with many essential nutrients that include antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.

Different kinds of nuts

Nuts have a longer shelf-life than fruits and vegetables and you can have them without cooking them or any form of preparation. Plus they naturally come with their own protective shells that guard against contamination.

Some doctors say that having nuts daily may even help you to live longer. Research has revealed that people who have nuts regularly live longer and are less likely to die of heart and respiratory ailments, and even cancer.

Because they are rich in antioxidants, nuts are said to actually help delay ageing and degeneration of the body. The antioxidants help to protect the body from degenerative diseases, as well as heart disease. They also contain Vitamin E, which itself is an antioxidant. It also protects the skin and delays the visible signs of ageing.

Most nuts are rich in B-Complex Vitamins, which are essential for our good health and mental well-being according to science. They are also a rich source of fatty acids, which are reported to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. For this reason, eating nuts regularly could play an important role in maintaining a healthy blood lipid profile, thus helping to prevent heart diseases and strokes according to experts.

They are said to also help in lowering blood pressure.

Almonds are a good source of calcium and Vitamin E, both of which protect the heart and also the good health of the skin and hair.

Pistachios can also be a good choice because they are rich in Vitamin B6, which helps to maintain good health and the functioning of the hormones. They also protect the eyes and contain a high level of potassium.

Walnuts are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 acids, needed by the body. They are said to keep the heart healthy and help to maintain the desired blood sugar level.

Ground nuts or peanuts are the most popular. They are cheaper and more easily available. They are actually legumes but contain most of the properties that the nuts mentioned above have. They are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

You'd be nuts if this didn't convince you to eat nuts daily.

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