10 Health Benefits of Peanuts

K Kristie By K Kristie, 26th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/fhnw2.c./
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The nutrition facts and health benefits of peanuts.

Health Benefits of Peanuts

Also known as ground nuts, peanuts, along with beans and peas are members of the legume family which are the best sources of protein in the plant kingdom. Peanuts are found in a wide variety of products. They can be eaten salted, dry roasted, boiled and even raw. They can be found in peanut brittle, peanut butter and candy bars and is often a major ingredient in mixed nuts.

1. Helps Promote Fertility (Folate)
Peanuts contain a good amount of folate. Repeated studies have shown that women who had a daily intake of 400 micrograms of folic acid before and during early pregnancy reduced their risk of having a baby born with a serious neural tube defect by up to 70%.

2. Aids in Blood Sugar Regulation (Manganese)
One fourth cup of peanuts can supply the body with 35% of the DV of manganese, a mineral which plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.

3. Helps Prevent Gallstones
It may come as a surprise that peanuts can help prevent gallstones. But 20 years of studies have shown that eating 1 ounce of nuts, peanuts or peanut butter a week lowers the risk of developing gallstones by 25%.

4. Helps Fight Depression (Tryptophan)
Peanuts are good sources of tryptophan, an essential amino acid which is important for the production of serotonin, one of the key brain chemicals involved in mood regulation. When depression occurs, a decreased amount of serotonin may be released from the nerve cells in the brain. Tryptophan may raise serotonin’s antidepressant effects when there is an increased amount of serotonin in the blood.

5. Boosts Memory Power (Vitamin B3)
Do you know what can be found in peanuts that gave them the “brain food” tag? This is due to their vitamin B3 or niacin content whose many health benefits include normal brain functioning and boosting memory power.

6. Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels (Copper)
The same nutrient which gives peanuts their memory enhancing power also helps lower and control cholesterol levels. Added to that is their copper contents which aids in reducing bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels.

7. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
Numerous studies have shown that regular nuts consumption is linked to reduced risk of heart disease. Peanuts are rich in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats and antioxidants such as oleic acid. Reach for a handful of peanuts and other nuts at least four times a week to reduce your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

8. Protects Against Age-related Cognitive Decline (Vitamin B2)
Study participants have shown that those who have an intake of the most niacin-rich foods like peanuts were 70% less likely to have developed Alzheimer’s disease. A quarter cup a day of peanuts can already supply almost a quarter of the daily needed value for niacin.

9 Cancer Protection
A form of phytosterol called beta-sitoserol (SIT) is found in high concentrations in some plant oils, seeds, and legumes including peanuts. Phytosterols not only protects against cardiovascular disease by interfering with the absorption of cholesterol, they also protect against cancer by inhibiting tumor growth.

10. Lowers Risk of Weight Gain
Surprise! Eating nuts regularly is associated with a lowered risk of weight gain. Research has shown that people who eat nuts at least twice weekly are much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eat them.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Mar 2011 (#)

Great benefits of peanuts.. by the way you forgot to tag with peanuts, peanut

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Mar 2011 (#)

Great benefits of peanuts.. by the way you forgot to tag with peanuts, peanut

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author avatar Durgarap .m
14th Jul 2011 (#)

it is very good and benefit to health improvement

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9th Dec 2011 (#)

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author avatar Rishee
17th Aug 2011 (#)

peanuts help to gain weight ?
I am eating a cup of peanuts daily
My Weight is 45kg
My height is 5.10"
I am eating egg

i want to gain weight plz suggest me , i am not eating non-veg

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author avatar Syed MURTAZA riz v
11th Nov 2011 (#)

hmm

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author avatar Karl
14th Apr 2012 (#)

Started eating 3oz roasted peanuts for lunch 3 times a week with a yogurt and banana , no weight gain and no indigestion for two years ( except for that one thanksgiving) :-)

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author avatar Telahim
24th Oct 2012 (#)

to gain weight you need to provide your body with more calories than needed. besides it is not a spontaneous weight gain because it is a process over years and years. know your basic metaboric rate (BMR), your thermic effect of food (TEF) and termic effect of activity (TEA) and consume beyond your metabolic requirements.

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author avatar Kc
2nd Dec 2012 (#)

Drink soymilk everyday

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author avatar HONEYLYN FERNANDEZ
22nd Nov 2013 (#)

just eat nutritious foods, do a proper sleep and eat caloric foods to increase your weight..

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author avatar Comfort Akpan
18th Aug 2011 (#)

I enjoying eating peanuts. I have lent that I dont need too much of it.
Peanuts will not help you gain weight rather seek your Doctors advice in this matter so that you will not get hurt.

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author avatar Seth
3rd Jan 2012 (#)

What the hell, niacin is NOT vitamin B2. It is B3. B2 is riboflavin.

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28th Jan 2012 (#)

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author avatar Dipu
3rd Feb 2012 (#)

hai....i love peanuts so much...I enjoying eating peanuts. its my daily meanu.....

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author avatar Marvette
7th Jan 2014 (#)

I love peanuts i eat them everyday almost and my weight is under control

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author avatar Kutloano
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Wow I hadn't an idea that so much can be attained from peanuts. Soon enough I'm including them on my weekly diet.

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author avatar Kutloano
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Wow I hadn't an idea that so much can be attained from peanuts. Soon enough I'm including them on my weekly diet.

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author avatar Kutloano
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Wow I hadn't an idea that so much can be attained from peanuts. Soon enough I'm including them on my weekly diet.

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author avatar May
9th Jul 2012 (#)

i love to eat peanut so much that i was even afraid if there is any side effect. wow i now know that eating peanut is good. thanks for the information.

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author avatar Bernardita
4th Oct 2012 (#)



Peanuts are rich in energy and contain many health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

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author avatar Bernardita
4th Oct 2012 (#)

Peanuts are excellent source of resveratrol, another polyphenol antioxidant, which has been found to have protective function against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer's disease, and viral/fungal infections.

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author avatar Bernardita
4th Oct 2012 (#)

I don't Think so that peanuts can gained more weight caused i eat love to eat peanuts and i did not gained weight.

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author avatar Nadeem
5th Oct 2012 (#)

Peanuts are very nutritious.

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author avatar Muhammad sharif kakar
21st Apr 2013 (#)

but adverse effect is pre- ejaculation.

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author avatar Nadeem
5th Oct 2012 (#)

Makes me conscious of Omega 6 intake.

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author avatar Dan
2nd Nov 2012 (#)

wow iam surprised with all health benefits from peanuts. i will maintain eating them

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author avatar Mona
13th Dec 2012 (#)

Well, I didn't know peanuts have several good benefits. I used to often think peanuts to be bad for health. Heard from someone that it leads to weight gain. Surprised to know that it helps shed off weight....!!!

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author avatar Sohail razaz
1st Jan 2013 (#)

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author avatar Saswati biswas
24th Jan 2013 (#)

i am diabetic n i love eating peanuts thanks to know that it is beneficial for diabetics.

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author avatar Shanesh
24th Feb 2013 (#)

Wow I'll definitely start eating a cup of peanuts daily!! Thanks for the info..

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author avatar Raghunath
29th Mar 2013 (#)

peanuts are so tasty and healthy

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author avatar Muhammad sharif kakar
21st Apr 2013 (#)

the information given are very valuable. thus permits fatty people like me to enjoy more nuts

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author avatar Georgina afua sam
20th May 2013 (#)

i eat a lot of peanuits everyday and i thought it will have effect on me but am happy about the lots of benefit so i will continue eating i like it

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author avatar Alex
20th Sep 2013 (#)

wow! all the benefits in peanuts, must be included on everyones' meal

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16th Nov 2013 (#)

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author avatar HONEYLYN FERNANDEZ
22nd Nov 2013 (#)

after reading that information, i will not be afraid of eating peanuts again........

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author avatar HONEYLYN FERNANDEZ
22nd Nov 2013 (#)

after reading this information, i will not be afraid of eating peanuts againnnn....

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author avatar Santy
26th Nov 2013 (#)


Peanuts are awesome.. Be sure to get unsalted whenever possible though! for more info. visit http://organicxbenefits.com/

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author avatar Gerald
7th Feb 2014 (#)

Will omega three fatty acids be found in peanuts?

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