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Health benefits of nuts

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Nuts are high in fat, but most of that fat is the heart healthy good fats. They are packed with nutrition such as fibre, calcium, magnesium…but all nuts provide different health benefits. Here are my 4 favourites and the reasons why.

Walnuts

At the top of my list is walnuts. They are unique in that they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as antioxidant nutrients. They are therefore highly anti-inflammatory and so can help towards reducing the risk of diseases and help maintain healthy glowing skin!

Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are amazingly nutritious. They are high in the mineral selenium. We don’t get as much selenium in the diet these days due to different soil and environmental conditions etc. selenium enhances immunity. We also need selenium for thyroid hormone production. Excess selenium supplements can be toxic though but because Brazil nuts fill us we generally would not eat too much of these. Only 2-3 are required.

Almonds

Almonds are high in vitamin E (an antioxidant and great for skin!) as well as a source of calcium for healthy teeth and bones. They can help to reduce cholesterol and strengthen the cardiovascular system.

Hazelnuts

They contain tonnes of nutrients such as b-vitamins (for energy), calcium, magnesium and folate. They are great for hair, skin and nails and help protect cells against free-radical damage, as well as helping to lower cholesterol. *some people can be allergic to hazelnuts.

 

Ann-Marie is a registered nutritionist (RNutr) and provides nutrition advice to individuals and groups

 

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