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Nuts Health Benefits

Almonds (Badaam)





The next time your mom forces a few badaams into your hand as you leave the house in a rush, don’t crib, eat them! They are known to help your body prevent cancer!

Body organs - Almonds help in the creation of new blood cells, hemoglobin and help in proper functioning of vital organs of the body.

Other health benefits – Almonds also help in weight loss, lowering blood pressure, reduction in risk of recurrent coronary heart disease, solving constipation, preventing loss of sexual vigor, etc.

Not just oral benefits - Few leaves of the wild almond powdered with water applied to affected parts helps cure many skin diseases, especially eczema. Almond paste with milk cream and fresh paste of rose bud applied regularly over the face is known to make the skin soft and fair while almond oil applied on the scalp helps to cure several hair problems.


Raisins (Kishmish)



You simply love these sweet dried grapes but for some reason forget to eat them every day. Well, every time you have digestion problems, acidity or constipation think of the one very useful household remedy of kishmish!

Constipation - When ingested, raisins swell as the fiber present in them absorbs water. This helps giving relief for constipation.

Acidosis - Acidosis is a state of increased acidity of the blood (also known as toxicity of the blood), the source being our stomach acid. Raisins are good source of potassium and magnesium which neutralize the acids and help check acidosis.

Anemia - Raisins contain considerable amount of iron which directly helps treating anemia.
•Eye Care - Raisins have anti oxidant properties that are very good for eye health, as they protect eyes from macular degeneration, age related weakening of vision, cataract, etc. In addition, raisins contain a very good amount of vitamin A.



Cashew Nut (Kaaju)



Don’t you simply love them in your kheers and in your chikkis? Well you might as well pop one or two raw. They help keep you energetic and maintain your body weight!

•Protein - Cashew nuts provide protein and fiber to body.
•Heart – Cashews have no cholesterol. Cashews contain healthy monounsaturated fat that promotes good cardiovascular health.
• •Bones and teeth – Cashews are a good source of magnesium; this works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the body. The combination also helps maintain healthy gums and teeth.
•Energy food - Cashews have high copper content and is vital in energy production, greater flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints. It is an energizing food.

Pistachios (Pista)



Pista flavor is definitely yummy. Be it pista ice-cream or halwa, or chopped up raw on our pedhas, we love pistas! But we must, especially diabetics must, make a point of eating them raw everyday as it helps stabilize blood sugar and protects the heart.
•Eye Health - Pistachios contain a wide variety of nutrients called carotenoids that are beneficial to eye health.
•Digestion - Pistachios contain fiber, which helps people feel fuller for longer periods of time. Fiber helps keep the digestive system operating normally and prevents constipation.
• Pistachios also provide with a healthy dose of vitamin B6 that helps prevent cardiovascular diseases.
•Fiber - Pistachios contain higher amounts of fiber that helps keep the digestive system operating normally and prevents constipation.

Walnut (Akhrot)



They may look weird and are difficult to break but crack them in a door hinge and eat the brain like nut inside to help just that – your Brain!
•Omega 3 - Walnuts are the only nuts that have omega-3 fatty acids in high amounts. These nutrients provide anti-inflammatory benefits in asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis.
•Protein - Walnuts are an excellent source of a proteins, fiber, B vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese.
•Laxative - These nuts are helpful in easing constipation due to their laxative effects.
•Cancer - Its anticancer properties also help in fighting the dreaded disease.


Dates (Khajoor)



You hear of this fruit often and associate it to the deserts and the Arabs but have you ever wondered how the Arabs manage to survive simply on dates? That’s because dates are high on calories and energy. Need weight gain? Look no further…

•Weight Gain – Dates consist of sugar, fats, proteins as well as many essential vitamins. One date has 20 calories (equals to one spoon of sugar but healthier). 1kg of dates = 3000 calories.
•Healthy Heart - Israeli researchers have discovered that eating dates daily can protect against atherosclerosis, a major cause of heart attacks and strokes Hence dates are helpful in maintaining your heart’s health.
Diarrhea - Ripe dates contain potassium that is beneficial for controlling diarrhea.
•Intoxication - Dates are known as an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication.

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