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Saturday, March 17, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] Peanuts Health Benefits


Peanuts Health Benefits;

Peanuts are generally called as Ground nuts which belongs legume group
of plants and botanically called as Arachis hypogaea. Peanuts are very
popular and widely used in many food items, edible oil seeds, which is
being grown and commercially cultivated throughout the world for its
numerous health benefits. Each peanuts kernel contains one to three
oval shaped nuts, that is reddish brown in color, and delicious, nutty
and crunchy in taste.

Peanuts or Ground nuts are enriched with energy and contain various
beneficial phytonutrients which includes; approximately one hundred
grams of peanuts provides nearly 560 calories of energy and comprises
of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, dietary fiber and zero cholesterol,
and Vitamins namely, Vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Vitamin B
complex constituents like, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, folates,
pantothenic acid, phyridoxine, and electrolytes such as potassium, and
sodium, and minerals like, copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc,
selenium, manganese, phosphorous and antioxidants like carotenoids,
lutein, zeaxanthin, beta carotene and crypto xanthin, all contribute to
promote good health and prevent many health disorders.

Peanuts health benefits include; peanuts are rich source of dietary
fiber and mono unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid, which aids to
lowers LDL Cholesterol and raises HDL Cholesterol, improves heart
health, prevents cardiovascular disorders. Due to the presence of rich
content of amino acids, it aids for growth and development. The
presence of poly phenolic antioxidant, p-coumaric acid that lowers risk
of stomach cancer as it inhibits the growth of carcinogens. Ground nuts
are rich source of resveratrol which protects against degenerative
disorders like cancer, heart disorders, Alzheimer's disease and
prevents fungal, viral infections as well. The presence of Resveratrol
lowers risk of vascular damage as it decreases the angiotensin
activity, that constricts blood vessels, which increases blood pressure
and hyper tension, and it increases the production of nitric oxide, that
dilates blood vessels.

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