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Health Benefit of Peanuts

Updated on June 30, 2015
Raw peanuts
Raw peanuts

Peanuts or groundnuts as they are often called are one of the cheapest and beneficial of all the nuts available to mankind. They are easy to grow and are available all over the world. They can be eaten in many forms like roasted, slated, and fried and are used as ingredients in many recipes all over the world. Peanut butter is very popular in west and has nearly replaced dairy butter in most countries. The plant is usually about a foot high and bears fruits. Peanuts are supposed to have originated in Mexico and other central American countries. The Spanish took a liking for this peanut and spread it to all their colonies. Now it is nearly grown all over the world. Major countries are China, India, USA, central America and African nations.

Health benefits of Peanuts:

The peanuts or groundnuts are from family of legumes so they are one of the richest sources of proteins . Their have high quotient of health benefits for human beings. Usually we all never think of benefits peanuts give us. We should use it as much as possible.

  1. Anti Oxidant: The peanuts are very rich source of anti oxidants and minerals which are very important to human growth and maintaining health.
  2. Low Cholesterol: They are rich source of Oleic acid which is very useful in lowering VLDL (bad cholesterol) and increase the good cholesterol.
  3. They are rich source of P- coumeric acid which help fight cancers and is anti oxidant.
  4. Safe pregnancy: It is rich source of Foliate. Studies have shown that the woman who take regular intake of Foliate they have less chance of complicated pregnancy and reduce the chances of complication by 70%.
  5. Fighting high glucose levels: They are rich source of Magnesium which not only lowers blood pressure but also can lower glucose levels in he body.
  6. Depression: Peanuts are very rich in essential amino acids like tryptophan . This amino acid helps in production of serotonin. This regulates the mood swing so peanuts actually fight depression too. Low levels of Tryptpphan can lead to depressions.

Tasty Salted ground nuts
Tasty Salted ground nuts

7. Vitamin B3: peanuts are very rich source of Vitamin B3. The vitamin B3 is associated with brain function and helps keep memory sharp.

8. Heart Disease: Studies have shown that since the peanuts are very rich source of oleic acid and mono unsaturated fats , so this humble peanuts if taken 4 to 5 times a week fights heart attack and try to keep the heart healthy.

9.Cancer Protection: Since peanuts are rich in anti oxidants and anti oxidants are supposed to fight cancer so peanut can fight cancer. Regular intake of peanuts can reduce the risk of many cancers.

10. Weight Loss: Surprise!!! Surprise!!! The research has shown that peanuts are associated with weight loss. Those people who eat peanuts two to three times a week are likely to gain less weight than those who do not eat them at all or eat seldom.

11. Gall Stones: Peanuts are shown to fight gall stones. Researches have shown that taking about an ounce of peanuts over a long period of time can reduce chances of forming gall stones.

12. Osteoporosis: Peanuts are known to delay the onset of osteoporosis.

13. Digestion: Since peanuts are rich source of vitamins and peanuts are rich in fiber too, so they help improve digestion.

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