Hazelnut is full of antioxidants, especially present in its skin. These, together with healthy fats, more specifically omega-3, support heart health and lower cholesterol levels. Thanks to extremely high vitamin E and manganese content, hazelnut can have anti-cancer properties and like other nuts reduces blood sugar levels. Thanks to vitamin E, it is beneficial for skin and hair health and it is also a good source of fiber, magnesium and folate. Combination of compounds in hazelnut helps decrease the risk of diabetes as well as maintain brain and cognitive functions and prevent neurodegenerative diseases.
Pomegranate is extremely rich in antioxidants, fiber and high in vitamin C and E content. It stands out with its punicalagins and punicic acid content, strong antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects and improving heart health. It can be used to make blood thinner and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. That keeps blood vessels healthy and prevents atherosclerosis. Pomegranate extract can also help fight prostate cancer. Thanks to high antioxidant and vitamin C content, it helps boost immunity. Some compounds in pomegranate reduce plaque formation on teeth and have anti-bacterial effect on infections, especially in mouth and gums. Pomegranate may also improve memory after surgery. Due to high nitrate content, it is also used among athletes to boost physical performance and blood flow. Thanks to strong anti-inflammatory effects on the body, it can help treat arthritis and joint pain.
Brazil nut is the richest known source of selenium, containing up to almost 100 times more selenium than most other nuts. Selenium makes it an excellent choice for proper thyroid function, immune system and cell growth. However, while low levels of selenium are linked to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, consuming too many brazil nuts on daily basis (more than 5), can lead to selenium toxicity and overdose. Brazil nut is also rich in antioxidants like polyphenols gallic and ellagic acid and vitamin E, fighting inflammation. Finally, it is loaded with healthy polyunsaturated fats, reducing bad cholesterol and keeping heart healthy.
Macadamia nut is native to Australia and has buttery, creamy texture. Like other nuts, it contains loads of healthy monounsaturated fats, making it beneficial for heart health and lowering cholesterol levels. It is rich in antioxidants fighting inflammation, especially flavonoids, as well as vitamin E. Palmitoleic acid or omega-7 fatty acid found in these nuts is good for skin and hair growth, heart health, prevents high blood pressure and diabetes and promotes fullness. Like other nuts, it aids weight management due to high protein and fiber and low carbohydrate content. Despite high fat content, some of the fats don’t get absorbed during digestion.
Asparagus packs a lot of nutrients in a very few calories that makes it a highly nutrient dense food. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin K, A and E as well as fiber and protein. It helps with digestion and regulates diabetes. It is a good source of folate, helping red blood cells formation and especially supporting healthy development in pregnancy. It is also rich in potassium which helps lower blood pressure. Asparagus contains high levels of the amino acid called asparagine and is a natural diuretic, enabling excess fluid and salt get out from the body.
Pistachio is one of the richest sources of vitamin B6 and is very high in potassium. It contains antioxidants, especially lutein and zeaxanthin, promoting eye health. These antioxidants from pistachio are very easily absorbed in our body. Also packed with protein and aminoacids, it is great for gut health, blood vessels and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It is a great source of vitamin E, improving skin and hair health. Pistachio can also help with blood sugar control and lowering cholesterol and keeps heart healthy. It may aid weight loss when consumed in moderation since not all the fat from it is absorbed in our body.
Walnut is highest in antioxidants among all nuts, rich in vitamin E, ellagic acid and melatonin. Loads of omega-3 fats make it a great choice for protecting heart health. It is believed that walnut can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Walnut also lowers risk of cancer, especially prostate and color one and being also rich in polyphenols, it decreases inflammation in the body. It benefits gut health and is a good choice for weight management and decreasing appetite. Another benefit is lowering risk of diabetes and it is considered good for brain health and improving brain functions. In males, walnut can improve reproductive health.
Almond is loaded with protein and fiber and represents one of the best sources of vitamin E. That helps slow down ageing and keep skin in good health. Thanks to high fiber and magnesium content, it regulates blood sugar levels and is a good choice for people with diabetes. It is considered that for the same reason, it can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Almond is good for overall heart health and implementing it in diet also showed lower risk of some neurological disorders like Parkinson’s.