Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Handful of Nuts a Day to Keep the Dr Away?

It is no secret that nuts are awesome for you. The list of benefits just keeps going. I am coming in contact with an alarmingly increasing number of people who have go Gluten Free or with heart disease, bad cholesterol, and obesity. I don't say alarming because it is odd, but alarming because of the expanse of it. A lot of this can be helped and controlled with our diet. I know I would rather eat a handful of nuts over a handful of medication if I could choose. Nuts are chock full of antioxidants, fiber, unsaturated fat, etc. Here are a few of our favorite nuts and how they can help you. These benefits are most beneficial when eating them raw.

Do you have problems with inflammation? Arthritis, gout, simply a  pulled muscle. Put away the Ibuprofen and grab Walnuts. They are the original anti-inflammatory because they are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Along with that, you will reap the benefits of the antioxidants, which Walnuts proudly have the most of all nuts, that helps protect your body against premature aging, heart disease, and cancer. Ladies can also put away the Midol and grab Walnuts instead. The manganese they contain can help reduce PMS symptoms.

We are located in the deep South and Pecans are a staple here, especially in pie, but to reap the rewards of pecans, try them right out of the shell. Pecans are super rich in antioxidants and are amazing for your heart health. They help prevent plaque formation in your arteries. The vitamin E found in Pecans have the potential to delay the progression of ALS as well.

Brazil Nuts:
These are some of my personal favorites. One package of raw Brazil nuts contain 100% of the daily value of mineral selenium, which may help safe guard against certain cancers like bone, prostate, and breast cancer. A recent study in the Journal of Medicinal Food has linked the selenium found in Brazil nuts with soy as a potential prostate cancer fighter by inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells. Be careful though because too much of a good thing can be a not so good thing. High levels of selenium can be harmful, so stick to a serving size or less.

Besides a great flavoring for coffee or being paired with chocolate, Hazelnuts are rich with monounsaturated fats, which are great for cardiovascular health and to help manage type 2 diabetes. They are also healthy in vitamin E, which will help you maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails and could help prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, and the risk of dementia.

Gut issues? Enjoy Almonds then as they contain the most fiber out of all the nuts at roughly 3grams per ounce. They are also very rich in vitamin E, aid in weight loss, and lower bad cholesterol. Who would have known that this tasty nut can make you feel and look so good?

Grab a handful of your favorite nuts or even try some new ones and enjoy the benefits of them. If you have your own nut trees, we can even help you with that gathering and cracking over at our website, We have everything from Nut Wizards to make gathering them from the ground a breeze, to electric pecan crackers  to make your pecan cracking and shelling easy, to  hard shelled nut crackers to tame even the hardest nut, and even traditional nut crackers.

Unless you have a nut allergy, then don't be nut free!

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