Saturday, March 17, 2007

A mix of antioxidant rich foods to snack on throughout the day - nuts in the mix.

What?
3 brazil nuts

Why?
Three brazil nuts is the body's total daily allowance of selenium, a powerful antioxidant.
Vitamin E & selenium work synergistically in brazil nuts. They also contain glutamine, glutamic acid & arginine & amino acids cystoine & methionne.

What?
Walnuts

Why?
Walnuts contain an antioxidant compound called ellagic acid that supports the immune system.
They are a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and among other benefits are anti inflammatory, aid brain function and help with stress.

What?
Almonds

Why?
Almonds contain the antioxidant of Vitamin E and monosaturated fats.
A quarter of a cup of almonds contains 99mg of magnesium which improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
Almonds contain potassium, an important electrolyte involved in nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles.
Flavonoids is another mineral that is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.
The flavonoids found in almond skins team up with the vitamin E found in their meat to more than double the antioxidant punch either delivers when administered separately. (shown by a study published in the Journal of Nutrition)

What?
Pecan nuts

Why?
Pecans, walnuts and chestnuts have the highest antioxidant content of the tree nuts.
Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals – including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc.
Pecans are also a natural, high-quality source of protein that contain very few carbohydrates and no cholesterol.

These nuts I've thrown into the mix for now.

I am grateful for to George Mateljin Foundation, The World's Healthiest Foods Organisation especially for their help in providing information. I encourage you to visit their interactive website. Please go to "articles of interest" to the left of this blog and click on the link.

I am also very grateful for the encouragement and support of dietition, Amanda Clark.
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