A nut is a fruit with a dry hard covering and a seed which can be consumed. Their varieties and classifications are innumerable and people who consume nuts are known to be less prone to coronary diseases. Nuts can combat the in-between-meals hunger pangs and are the healthiest options to snack on, reducing the fried snack intake.

Nuts contain a healthy concentration of unsaturated fats, and omega 3 fats which are extremely beneficial for heart and cognitive health,and other required minerals and nutrients for the body. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans and others, help in keeping the heart healthy and strong.

Various Nuts And How They Are Beneficial For The Heart

1. Almonds

These are rich in magnesium, calcium, selenium and antioxidants vitamin C. Almonds are great for a healthy body and are known to reduce the LDL(bad cholesterols) level in the blood stream and thus lowers the instance of heart ailments.

It can lower inflammation in the body, improve insulin resistance and keep the weight in control. Increased inflammation in the arteries increases the chances of a heart attack and consuming almonds on a regular basis improves cholesterol levels and thus, keeps the heart healthy.

2. Pistachios

Consumption of pistachios helps in managing stress levels better in the body. Its regular intake helps in keeping the blood pressure in control in situations of stress. It can control insulin resistance and lower the levels of LDL cholesterol in people suffering from diabetes to reduce diabetes-related problems in the arteries.

So eating pistachios keeps the heart healthy and increases heart function and output and adds proteins, minerals, dietary fibers and vitamin Bs to the body.

3. Cedar Nuts

These are Siberian nuts and contain 70% of the amino acids the body needs. They contain vitamin A, B, C, D and E and also contain fatty acids like that of fish oil which are beneficial for the heart, reduce inflammation and plaque formation in the arteries and control the levels of bad cholesterol.

4. Walnuts

These are extremely healthy nuts, good for the heart and brain too. It contains alpha-linolenic acid that can reduce inflammation and plaque build-up in the arteries and therefore help in better blood flow. The arteries and veins function optimally to carry blood and eating walnuts can improve the cholesterol levels of the body.

Apolipoprotein is a compound responsible for increased risk of coronary diseases and intake of walnuts has been known to reduce its levels considerably. Walnuts contain ellagic acid, which is an antioxidant that helps in fighting diseases in the body and help in the healthy functioning of the heart by protecting it from deadly diseases.

5. Peanut

Though technically peanuts are the seeds of a legume plant but its taste and utility all are like those of the tree nuts and hence we will discuss its benefits.

Eating peanuts reduces the risk of diabetes and heart attacks in women, but peanuts can lead to obesity if consumed in large quantities. Some people report an allergic reaction to peanuts and should not consume them.

6. Pecans

These contain minerals, fibers, and vitamins and also provide energy to the body for all its functions. They contain oleic acid and antioxidants that control the oxidation of tissues in the heart and arteries, lower cholesterol and control the onset of heart ailments.