NUTTY NUT

Healthy living: Go nutty for nuts!

Nuts can 'starve cancer' and boost brain health

In Summary

• Not only do nuts help lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure but also, nuts help to control blood sugar.

• Nuts are rich in Magnesium which is essential for learning and memory and potassium is important as it helps regulate nerve signals in the body.

Mwalimu Mwinyi Sumuni dries his cashew nuts in Ngo’mbeni area, Kwale county.
Mwalimu Mwinyi Sumuni dries his cashew nuts in Ngo’mbeni area, Kwale county.
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The popular notion, you are what you eat goes ahead to prove that diet can affect brain function through different mechanisms.

The brain gets its nutrients from the gut obtaining necessary nutrients like zinc, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron.

From almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, macadamias and pistachios these are just examples of nuts you should incorporate into your diet for the awesome benefits.

Nuts are rich in Magnesium which is essential for learning and memory and potassium is important as it helps regulate nerve signals in the body.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) study highlights that nuts may also help reduce the chances of getting cancer.

Dr William Li, a physician and scientist at The Angiogenesis Foundation says that nuts contain a cancer-fighting polyphenol that boosts the immune system to fight cancer.

“Nuts have a healthy omega-3 fatty acid which can starve cancer by cutting off its blood supply” Dr Li says.

“People who eat nuts have longer telomeres which slow done the cellular ageing, and its fibre content activates a healthy gut bacteria that boost the immune system,” he added.

Not only do nuts help lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure but also, nuts help to control blood sugar.

Therefore, diabetics can also eat nuts as long as they are not coated in salt, honey or chocolate.

Twist-up the roasting style by replacing salt with herbs or garlic to bring out the flavours and obtain extra nutrients as well.

Edited by D Tarus