Nuts are nature's super food. What other food can make you jump higher, boost brain power, turbocharge hair growth, heal bruises, and even warm you up from the inside out? The humble nut can do it all.
In honor of this underrated food stuff, let's celebrate the astonishing things that even a squirrel-size portion of peanuts, almonds or pistachios will do for your health and happiness.
1. Nuts Can Make You Jump Higher
It's true! Eating walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews and hazelnuts really can make you jump higher. It's because they contain omega 3, a fatty acid that encourages protein synthesis — the process by which your body transforms the protein you eat into muscle building — and makes those muscles work better by helping signals get from one cell to another quickly. This means that you'll respond faster, and it will take far less energy to jump higher, run further or kick a goal.
In one study, athletes who increased their omega 3 intake while working out saw massive increases in physical performance. Some boosted their thigh function by 20 percent!
2. Nuts Can Boost Your Brain Power
On the subject of omega 3, did you know that fatty acids can improve memory and boost the ability to learn? One type of omega 3, DHA, is associated with the structure of the cerebral cortex, the area of the brain responsible for language, creativity, abstract thinking, memory, judgment and attention. Almonds, pistachios and cashews also contain the brain-boosting chemicals riboflavin and L-carnitine that aid our cognitive functions.
Ayurveda recommends eating five almonds soaked in water every day for maximum brain power.
3. Nuts Can Make Your Hair Grow (Like Rapunzel's)
Nuts are abundant in vitamin E, vitamin B6, folate, niacin, thiamine, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese and selenium — hair-friendly micronutrients that strengthen follicles and promote hair growth.
Deficiency in vitamin E in particular can lead to weak hair that breaks easily, so if you're not eating this vital vitamin, you'll never give your hair the best chance of growth. Almonds are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, while peanuts are an excellent source of L-arginine, an amino acid that improves blood circulation and is an effective remedy for thinning hair.
4. Nuts Can Make Your Boo-boos Better
Protein plays an essential role in wound healing, since it allows the body to rebuild tissue and regrow damaged skin. Peanuts, cashews and almonds all have high amounts of protein. But it's actually the selenium and zinc in these nuts that makes the difference between healing quickly and healing at a snail's pace.
There's a direct link between a healthy immune system and healthy wound healing. Both selenium and zinc support immunity and fortify your skin tissues against the knocks and scratches of everyday life. Best of all? You only need three brazil nuts a day to get all the selenium your body needs.
5. Nuts Can Keep You Warm at Night
Nuts are an unlikely subject for legend, but the good folk of Russia believe that cracking open a pistachio will soon bring good luck, while Middle Easterners say the sound is an omen for happy relationships. Meanwhile, in India, people will binge on pistachios during the winter months. They believe that pistachios have the astonishing power to warm a person up from the inside out.
For the residents of Turkey, that's literally true. A new eco-city being planned in Gaziantep will be heated entirely by burning leftover pistachio shells!
Nuts Are a Taste Bonanza
Nuts are packed with goodness that really can help you to jump higher, stay healthier and think like Albert Einstein. And we saved the best news for last. Our grain-free, all-natural, no-added-sugar nut mixes taste so great, your kids will never know how well they're nourishing themselves!
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