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Eat shrimps to prevent Alzheimer’s

Eat shrimps to prevent Alzheimer’s

shrimpsShrimps being high in Omega 3 fatty acids and DHA( docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) help to improve our mood and people who consume shrimps are more likely to be less depressed. Research has shown that if these fatty acids are less in the body, there is a decline in mental health which increases your chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. There is an improvement in the blood flow to the brain with the regualr intake of these fatty acids and stimulates the hormones which improve your moods by improving your feel good hormone levels,serotonin. Decreased serotonin levels is a major factor for depression.

Healthy tasty food can be a mood booster hence do not forget to add a few cooked shrimps in your salads and soups.

Peanuts and health

Peanuts and health

healthy_nutsNuts are always in the debate and it has been stuck in the mind that they are “high calorie” and “cholesterol increasing food” for decades. We really need to come out of the fact that are teeny weeny devils.

Once such culprit is peanuts which has been a favorite for all ages. It is a leisure snack, have their place in between sandwiches and in salads. It is every kids favorite and they do pack in a lot of nutrition and also offer a variety of health benefits.

Various benefits

They are rich sources of protein and is rich in many minerals such as zinc, copper, manganese, potassium etc. They are also rich sources for vitamin B’s hence can keep many minor deficiencies away and also protect our brain health as well as minerals like calcium keep our bones healthy.

They are very good source of monounsaturated fats, which is very heart friendly and lowers the risk of heart disease and they do not contain cholesterol.

They are also good sources of vitamin E and oliec acids which have anti-oxidant properties which can give fruits a run for their money.

It is rich in niacin another B group vitamin which provides protection from Alzheimers disease and other age related disease which can cause a decline in mental health.

The chemical named resveratrol are said to have anti-cancer effects and hence are said to provide protection against colon cancer and also has anti-aging properties.

Now how do you include peanuts in your diet?

You can sprinkle them in your salads or in vegetable and chicken stir fry and how can we forget peanut butter in the sandwiches.

So 10-15 peanuts are very good for our health.

But roast them at very low heat as they can carry fungal toxins such as aflatoxins which can be fatal. peanuts also contain oxalates which can cause kidney stones so drink enough to water to dilute the  oxalate concentrates. They also contain goitrogens which interfere with the functioning of the thyroid glands so roasting can inactivate these compounds.

Otherwise they are healthy and safe to be had. So enjoy peanuts in your diet.