Nuts should be part of your regular snack choices

If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food.
—Sally Edwards

If nuts are not part of your regular snack choices, then you are missing out on some major disease-fighting nutrients that protect your heart, boost mental power, and more. Just a handful of nuts a day will help you to stay healthy and fit. Nuts are rich in antioxidants, protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts are a crunchy and delicious alternative to traditional junk food snacks.

1-Almond

Almonds are a wonderfully delicious snack. Almonds have long been revered as the promoter of wellness and health. Almonds are high in fiber, vitamin E, powerful antioxidants.

Blood Cholesterol

Almonds are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are packed with numerous health promoting phytochemicals. Almonds contain unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and palmitoleic acids which have been shown to lower blood LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels and thus helping to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes.

2-Cacao (Dark Chocolate!)

The cacao nut (raw chocolate) is packed with a myriad of beneficial properties including minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, Theobromine, Phenylethylamine.

Depression and Mood

Cacao is a mood enhancer. Phenylethylamine, in combination with theobromine, can elevate mood and create a sense well-being. Eating cacao will increase your natural serotonin levels and produce a calming effect.

PMS

If you suffer from PMS, your levels of serotonin are likely low; eating chocolate or cacao seeds can raise your levels of serotonin.

3-Brazil Nut

Brazil nuts are delicious snacks, complete with health benefits. They contain exceptionally high levels of selenium. Just one ounce of these nuts contains about 800 percent of the recommended daily intake of selenium making them this mineral’s highest natural source. High levels of selenium are associated with many health benefits.

Heart Disease

Selenium is a very powerful and essential nutrient. It encourages the production of glutathione, an important antioxidant that helps protect our body from free radical damage. Selenium helps prevent blood clotting and protect us from heart disease and strokes. Studies have shown that higher concentrations of selenium in the blood are associated with reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

4-Flaxseeds

Flax seeds are a nutrient dense power food. Flax seeds are rich B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Cognitive Problems

Flax seeds are rich in brain-healthy fats including omega-3 fatty acids which are directly used by the brain to build and protect neurons. Flax seeds also contain GLA, an omega-6 fatty acid which are used to build healthy neurons and also to regulate the environment of the brain. To boost your brain power to the max, have a tablespoon or two of flax seeds every day.

Constipation

Everyone experiences a bout of constipation now and then. Constipation is often simply the result of consuming too little fiber, and adding more fiber to your diet is the simple remedy. Flax seed are high in fiber. You’d be hard-pressed to find a food higher in fiber than flax.

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