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10 Reasons Why Dry Fruits Are Good For Health As Superfoods

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The best shortcut towards good health lies in munching a handful of dry fruits. No wonder our grandmothers would make us gorge on sweets full of badam, kaju, anjeer, and whatnot. These superfoods have the potency to energise a body’s machinery. Besides that, these foods contain all the elements for healing the heart to blessing your skin. Let us look at some versatile health benefits dry fruits can offer.

Enhances blood circulation and blood count

Dry fruits are a treasure trove of micronutrients like iron, magnesium, copper, etc. Dates, prunes and raisins contain considerable amounts of iron for increasing the haemoglobin levels and keep anaemia at bay. Moreover, almonds and walnuts curb oxidative damage in arteries as they contain vitamins A, B and E. 

Keeps weight in check

Almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts and raisins impart sufficient calories without increasing body weight. These nuts contain the necessary proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals for boosting muscle growth.

Maintains Heart Health

Raisins maintain systolic blood pressure and bodily signs of inflammation. Vitamin E from almonds keep the heart healthy. Brazil nuts take care of blood pressure parameters due to the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Regulates Blood Sugar Levels

Dry fruits rich in mono-saturated fatty acids plummet glucose level in the blood of diabetic patients. Almonds are especially good at this. Raisins lower the glycemic index with their high mineral and fibre content. However, almonds are the safest bet for people suffering from diabetes.

Hinders Cancer Activity

Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) is an anti-cancer component present in walnuts. It also contains melatonin which minimises the emergence of cancer activity in pancreas and breast. Antioxidants and phytochemicals found on apricots, cashew nuts, Brazil nuts and almonds promote anti-cancer activity.

Immunity Booster

Almost all dry fruits contain a blend of folate, potassium, magnesium and iron. Each of these elements assist in strengthening the immune system. Also, the presence of trace elements like selenium plus polyphenols prevent the accumulation of free radicals. Dried plums and figs are reservoirs in terms of antioxidant content.

Refines Brain Functioning

Walnuts and almonds are considered the best fodder for the brain. Additionally, they improve the overall brain-body co-ordination and functioning. Moreover, prunes, raisins and apricots promote the healing of brain cells that are damaged.

Improves Digestion and Prevents Constipation

Dry fruits are saturated with fibres for promoting healthy digestion. In addition to that, they prevent constipation and keep the bowels healthy. Dates, Apricots and pistachios possess strong laxative properties. Also, the soluble fibres in dry fruits like prunes multiply the numbers of good abdominal bacteria.

Enriched the Hair and Skin

Dry fruits enrich the hair and skin with nutrients. Face masks containing dry fruits control ageing and wrinkle formation in the skin. Furthermore, they contain mineral-rich essential oils for nourishing both the hair and skin. Almonds aggravate healthy hair growth and moisturise them as well.

Promotes Bone Health

Apricots are packed with sufficient quantities of calcium and potassium for improving bone health. On the other hand, dried plums are suitable for enhancing bone density. These dry fruits keep the bones geared up against damaging.

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to nuts, please consult a doctor. These notes above are widely claimed by research however one must use discretion and consultation before consumption of nuts.

Anoushka Das is an intern at SheThePeople.TV.