GROUNDNUTS:THE TOP HEALTHY NUTS
Hi dearie, ever heard of Arachis hypogea a legume that grows in the ground popularly known as healthy groundnuts.The commonly grown legume found in the tropics and subtropics contains many beneficial nutrients which include vitamin B3, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, folates, copper, arginine, fibres, p-coumarins amongst others.
With these important nutrients come some goodies to our health as humans.These goodies include:-
Folates:-The folates in healthy groundnuts are essential to the health of an expectant mother before and during early pregnancy because it helps reduce the risk of having a baby born with a serious neural tube effect.
Tryptophan:- An essential amino acid important for the production of serotonin,a key brain chemical involved in mood regulation.
Vitamin B3:- This vitamin does play a major role in memory boosting.
Beta-sitosterol:-For protection against cardiovascular disease,this phytosterol acts by interfering with absorption of cholesterol. This also does help protect against cancer by impeding tumour growth.
P-coumarins:-A high antioxidant polyphenol found in groundnuts alongside with oleic acid that help impede the growth of free radicals and lessens the risk of stomach cancer by preventing the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines in the stomach.
Vitamin E &C:-Well,every skin that wants to glow yearns for these two vitamins.Whilst vitamin E helps with the integrity of the cells of the mucous membrane of the skin by protecting them which damage causing free radicals,the viamin C content in groundnuts helps in the production of collagen which in turn helps reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles, discoloration and of cause decreased skin elasticity thus making the skin firm and elastic making the skin stay young.
Protein and fibre:This can satisfy that unending craving of food you might have.
Resveratol:-A chemical with very good protective function against degenerative nerve disease,Alzheimer’s disease, viral and fungal infections.
This chemical in healthy groundnut also reduces the risk of stroke and increases the production of vasodilator hormones nitric oxide.
Also,a study in mice shows that this chemical works through a previously unknown mechanism to halt harmful blood vessel growth in the retina.
Nutritional secrets you must know about Groundnut
You need to know that:
1)Roasting of healthy groundnuts enhances taste and augments antioxidants level like p-coumaric acid and helps remove toxic aflatoxin.
2)If healthy groundnuts are stored improperly for a long time,they can turn rancid and taste bad
3)If healthy groundnut reveals greenish yellowish appearance,it is dangerous and can no longer be consumed.
With these pieces of information I have provided for you,that healthy groundnuts are the TOP NUTS.
- Chukwuman Myaya(July 2010)
The Natural Healthy Way
2. National Mirror (25/5/16)
3. 10 Health Benefits Of Groundnuts