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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Want to Feel Better? Go Nuts!

By Mary Langfield, Certified Holistic Health Coach dedicated to increasing awareness to improve your health and outlook on life.

Did you know that all nuts are seeds, but all seeds are not nuts? Even crazier, a nut is actually a fruit, according to Merriam-Webster. Although the nitty-gritty of scientific classification may not be a page turner, the health benefits of these small edibles is definitely worth learning.

Many nuts, such as walnuts, are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a type of fat necessary for brain cells and mood-lifting neurotransmitters to function properly, and can even help some people with depression. (Other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, flaxseeds, and omega-3 fortified eggs)

Nuts are also high in phytosterols (substances that lower your cholesterol naturally) and contain potassium and magnesium, both of which help lower blood pressure.

And let’s not forget that nuts are delicious, add tons of flavor, are easy to add to dishes, and great for snacking!

Top 5 Seeds and Nuts to Lower Cholesterol:
·         sunflower seeds
·         pistachios
·         pumpkin seeds
·         pine nuts
·         whole flaxseeds, freshly ground

Instead of your typical midafternoon snack, opt for almonds for a great source of protein and calcium that keeps your energy going and lifts your mood.

Looking to add more calcium to your meal without relying on dairy? Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium. Just sprinkle them onto your typical salad or greens to add a health boost to your meal.

Who would’ve thought going nuts could feel so right?!

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