3. Nuts are heart-healthy
Walnuts are some of the best goodies in some pretty standard dishes – salads, desserts, you name it. All nuts contain heart-healthy omega-3 fats, but walnuts happen to have exceptionally high amounts of the omega 3 alpha linoleic acid (ALA). Clow told us, “Research has suggested that ALA may help heart arrhythmias, and a 2006 Spanish study suggested that walnuts were as effective as olive oil at reducing inflammation and oxidation in the arteries after eating a fatty meal. Omega 3’s also support brain health.”
4. Nuts could help prevent prostate cancer
When it comes to men’s health, prostate cancer is a serious illness to look out for. Selenium, the mineral which has been linked to protection from prostate cancer, is found in just one Brazil nut, which contains more than a day’s worth of the stuff. “Pecans are also good for prostate health since they are loaded with beta-sitosterol, a plant steroid that may help relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate,” Clow said.
5. Nuts are high in calcium and support digestive health
Almonds, in particular, are relatively low in calories and have more calcium than any other nut. Clow told us, “Almonds are also rich in fiber to support digestive health and vitamin E, an antioxidant linked to cognitive health, and support a healthy inflammatory response. Almonds have also been studied for their role in helping lower cholesterol.”