It's Time to Celebrate Being Nutty! (More Health Benefits of Pecans)

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Most people only eat pecans in pies at the holidays, and we consider that a shame. We are heartened, however, to see healthy-minded people making their own trail mixes with nuts, seeds and fruits. The pecan is such a versatile little guy, that we want to raise America's consciousness concerning its uses as more than just a healthy snack. We know lots more about this incredible nut, so grab a chair while we tell you about some of the health benefits of pecans.

Health Benefits

For a nut that was wiped out by glaciers in Europe millions of years ago and now is centered mainly on the North American continent, pecans pack a serious punch. The essence of the nut is fat, but it is also packed with vitamins and minerals, to the tune of:
  • Magnesium: 34 mg
  • Manganese: 1.3 mg
  • Iron: 0.7 mg
  • Phosphorous: 72 mg
  • Copper: .03 mg
  • Fiber: 2.7 grams
  • Thiamin: 0.2 mg
  • Protein: 2.6 grams
  • Carotene: 29
  • Crypto-xanthin: 9
  • Lutein-zeaxanthin: 17
  • Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (the good ones): 6.12 grams
What do some of those unpronounceable words mean to your body? Without throwing at you a lot of twelve dollar scientific words, fiber benefits the body in many ways. It scours the digestive tract, ensuring the tract is cleaned out and the body eliminates the non-essentials through bowel movements. Fiber also keeps the heart going strong by cleansing the blood of things that clog the arteries it moves through. Phosphorous is notable for many things we need to celebrate. Sore muscles need the mineral to soothe them, healthy bones and teeth need phosphorous partnered up with calcium to maintain their health, in addition to cleansing the body of waste, growth and repair of cells and tissue.
Got arthritis? Are your knees and ankles or other joints swelled up? Pop a pecan. It is rich in magnesium, which is anti-inflammatory in nature. It helps clear arteries among other inflammatory illnesses. Magnesium does a lot more than just act as an anti-inflammatory, though. The mineral aids in protecting against stroke and breast cancer as well. naturalsociety.com tells us of studies performed over a period of time whose results proved that consumption of pecans and focusing on their magnesium content lowered risk of stroke by nine percent.

Topics: Nutrition