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Health Benefits of Pecans and Other Nuts

By Brandi Goodman 

April is National Pecan Month. These nuts are a popular choice. Pecan pie, butter pecan ice cream, and other desserts with pecans simply sprinkled on top are some common selections. There's good reason why these nuts should be eaten more often. They offer lots of health benefits along with other nut options.

Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease

Many nuts, including pecans, have the potential to reduce the risk of heart disease. They contain monounsaturated fats and antioxidants that decrease the amount of bad cholesterol in the body. They also help to increase the amount of good cholesterol. This exchange can prevent coronary artery disease and stroke. 

Improving Digestion

The digestive tract can work more efficiently with enough fiber making its way through. Pecans are an excellent source of fiber. They offer more than 2.5 grams while walnuts only provide around 2. This is from just a 1-ounce serving. Eat pecans regularly and you should start to see a change in your digestive habits.

Staying Full Longer

Nuts help to keep people feeling full. You only need to eat an ounce or two and you should feel satisfied with your snack. Pecans can help people to lose weight because of this. If you choose pecans or other nuts as a daily snack instead of some other fattening selection, you won't be getting as many calories, fat, or sugar as you might otherwise. 

Fighting Inflammation With Magnesium

Magnesium, in which pecans have plenty, works as an anti-inflammatory agent. Consuming enough of this nutrient can help to reduce inflammation of the arteries which will reduce the risk for certain diseases. Heart disease, arthritis, and even Alzheimer's may be prevented with a diet rich in magnesium if it's also combined with other healthy eating habits and plenty of exercise. 

Prevents Signs of Aging

Sagging skin and wrinkles are some typical signs of aging. These signs can be minimized with antioxidants that work to fight free radicals that damage the skin and cause early aging symptoms. Pecans provide Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and ellagic acid that all work as antioxidants to keep the skin looking well. 

Whether you add pecans to a dessert of your choosing or choose them as a raw snack, they will provide some advantages. Add pecans and other nuts into your regular diet in any way you can so that you reap the many benefits they offer. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mission, Tex.

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