In India, the common way of making use of peanuts is in the form of oil or in roasted form.
Peanuts are no doubt popularly made use as seed oil in India. As they are got from the ground, they are also referred to as groundnuts. In Hindi they are known as “ ‘Mungfali‘ in Hindi, ‘Parallels‘ in Telugu, ‘Kadalai‘ in Tamil, ‘Nilakkadala‘ in Malayalam, ‘Kadale kaayi‘ in Kannada, ‘Saldana‘ in Gujarati and ‘Shengdaane‘ in Marathi.”
Peanuts are indeed very easily available round the year and almost in all part of India. They are taken as Peanuts and as snacks in several households, especially in India. Peanuts are actually considered to be legumes. But as they contain all the properties of various nuts like almonds, cashew nuts, etc., these are also included in the family of nuts.
Health Benefits of Peanuts:
Here are some popular health benefits of Peanuts.
1. Rich in Energy:
Peanuts contain vitamins, minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants and thus are rich energy sources.
It lowers bad cholesterol and also increases good cholesterol in the body. Peanuts do contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids especially oleic acid that prevents coronary diseases.
Peanuts are rather rich in proteins. The amino acids that are present in them are good for proper growth as well as the development of the body.
4. Fights Stomach Cancer:
Poly-phenolic anti-oxidants are also present in the peanuts in high concentrations. P-Coumaric acid has the ability to reduce the risk of stomach cancer by reducing the productions of carcinogenic nitrous-amines.
5. Fights against Heart Diseases, Nerves Diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as Infections:
Being a poly-phenolic anti-oxidant, the Resveratrol that is present in peanuts prevents heart diseases, cancers, nervous diseases and viral or fungal infections rather efficiently.
6. Reduces the Chances of Stroke:
The anti-oxidant, Resveratrol in peanuts does prevent heart strokes by increasing the production levels of nitric oxide.
Peanuts do contain anti-oxidants in high concentrations. These anti-oxidants do become more active when peanuts are boiled. There is a 2-fold increase in the levels of Biochanin-A as well as the 4-fold increase in Genistein content. These, in fact, reduce the damage done by free radicals that are produced in the body.
Peanuts do contain B complex, vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B9, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid etc.
Potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, selenium and zinc which are some of the minerals that are present in peanuts. These are beneficial for body functions.
10. Gall Stones:
Take an ounce of peanuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter each week which can prevent gallstones or gallbladder diseases with around 25% reduced risk. This keeps the diseases at a distance.
11. Low Risk of Weight Gain:
Women who do eat peanuts or peanut butter at least twice a week are also less likely to be susceptible to obesity than those who do not. If one eats peanut butter every morning with bread slices, then one has fewer chances of gaining weight.
12. Colon Cancer:
Peanuts can also reduce colon cancer, especially among women. Eating at least about 2 spoons of peanut butter twice a week reduces the risk of developing colon cancer among women by up to 58% and in men by up to 27%.
13. Helps in Fertility:
If taken before and during early pregnancy, the folic acid lowers the risk of the baby being born with serious neural tube defects reduced by up to 70%.
14. Regulates Blood Sugar:
Manganese in peanuts helps in calcium absorption, fats and carbohydrates metabolism and sugar level regulation in blood.
15. Fights Depression:
Low Serotonin levels cause depression. Tryptophan in peanuts increases the release of this chemical and thus helps you fight depression. One can eat peanut butter. Apart from satisfying hunger pangs, consumption of peanuts also makes the skin smooth, supple and younger looking.
16. The anti-inflammatory properties:
Peanuts help in treating skin disorders as well as such as psoriasis and eczema. The fatty acids in peanuts reduce swelling as well as skin redness. Peanuts do contain Vitamin E, zinc as well as magnesium, which keep the skin glowing from within. Bacteria is prevented from forming which could lead to acne. The protein in peanuts helps cell regeneration.
17. Helps with stress management:
Peanuts do contain the relatively good amount of fatty acids which is believed to be critical to the brain’s nerve cells.
Benefits of Peanuts For Skin
18. Elimination of toxins as well as waste:
Fiber present in nuts is essential for the elimination of toxins as well as waste. Toxins inside the body to reflect on one’s outside appearance which does cause the breakout, dullness as well as excess oil. Eating peanuts regularly does help flush out the excess toxins from the body in order to give a healthy skin.
19. Peanut has plenty of magnesium:
The latter helps in calming nerves, muscles as well as blood vessels in order to provide better blood flow to the skin. One has a youthful as well as healthy skin.
20. Vitamin E in peanuts:
Skin damage occurs on account of oxidation, which happens to be a chemical process in which the unstable molecules are called free radicals that do steal electrons from the healthy cells. Vitamin E in peanuts does defend one’s skin’s cells against the damage of oxidative stress. It also guards our skin against the harsh UV rays of the sun that protects against sunburn as well as skin damage.
21. Protects Skin:
Vitamin E available in peanuts does help in maintaining the integrity of cells of mucous membrane as well as the skin. This does protect them from free radicals which do cause great damage.
22. Peanut contains Vitamin C:
Signs of aging in the form of wrinkles, discoloration as well as decreased elasticity do worry a person. Peanut has lots of Vitamin C which do require for producing collagen. Collagen is indeed required to sustain tendons, skin as well as cartilage. It does provide firmness as well as elasticity to the skin to keep it young as well as supple.
23. Beta-carotene in peanut:
This essential for the health of skin and the Vitamin A in the body helps in the growth as well as repair of body tissues. Thus peanuts do help to heal wounds as well as bruises at a faster pace.
24. Omega 3 fatty acids:
Peanuts do contain a lot of omega 3 fatty acids which does help the skin in several ways. Omega 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation in the body in order to prevent skin eruptions. It does lower the risk of developing squamous cell skin cancer. It also moisturizes as well as hydrates the skin from within to treat dry the scaly skin.
25. Skin problems:
Peanuts are useful for treating skin problems such as pustules, skin rashes, and rosacea.
26. Skin Massage:
Peanut butter facial mask is rather gaining immense popularity of late. Applying the natural peanut butter on one’s face does get rid of the dirt as well as impurities for a healthy looking skin. One needs to wash one’s face with a cleanser and then also apply peanut butter on one’s entire face. One must allow the mask to dry and then allow it to wash off via skin massage in circular motions. Then one has to rinse one’s face with some warm water and later pat dry. Try out a patch test first and then apply it to the entire face in order to ensure that there are no allergic reactions. Those who are allergic to peanuts must avoid the message.
Benefits of Peanuts For Hair
27. Healthy Hair:
Peanuts contain nutrients that that is beneficial for maintaining healthy hair. It contains high levels of omega 3 fatty acids which help in strengthening one’s scalp as well as hair follicles which in turn promotes hair growth.
28. Excellent source of L-arginine:
This amino acid is very helpful for treating male baldness and also to encourage the growth of healthy hair. It also improves the health of the artery walls as well as prevents blood clotting, thus improving blood flow. A proper blood flow throughout the body is required for healthy growth of hair.
29. Deficiency of vitamin E:
This can also lead to brittle as well as weak hair which can easily break off. One must include proper levels of vitamin E in one’s diet.