Groundnut is one of the most consumed food in Africa due to the various ways it can be prepared. Groundnut can be boiled, fried or even roasted depending on the individual choice. But there are numerous benefits of eating groundnut, which many people are yet to know.
Cooked groundnut seems to be very tasty and below are numerous benefits of eating groundnut.
1. Contains Essential Minerals.
Groundnut is known to contain some macro minerals which are needed in higher quantities, these minerals include Sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium calcium and zinc. Sodium is essential in the regulation of salt balance in the body because excess salt can cause hypertension and also lead to a heart attack.
Magnesium helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle functions. Phosphorus is a good source of energy especially ATP and it also helps in muscle contraction.
Potassium helps your nerve to function and muscle to contract and it also helps to displace excess sodium from the body. Calcium helps to build up strong teeth and bones. Zinc is needed for the body defence/ immune system.
2. Improves your skin.
Some certain vitamins and minerals help to improve your skin texture and thus preventing it from getting damaged.
Vitamin D is necessary for healthy skin and selenium acts on some antioxidants to prevent excess UV rays from destroying the skin.
3. It Improves brain function.
Groundnut contains some very important vitamins that help to improve brain functions.
Vitamin B, C, E and beta carotene are known to increase the brain function of humans.
Groundnut contains some amount of Folic acids, research shows that women who consume food rich in folic acids tend to have children with lesser complications of neural birth defects. Folic acids are important in the proper growth and development of the brain and spinal cord.
Gallstone is a medical condition in which small and hard objects forms in the gall bladder or bile duct. Research has shown that men who consume more Groundnut tend to have a lower risk of gallstone disease.
And if this last for a very long time it might lead to cholecystectomy (which is the surgical removal of the gallbladder).
6.Helps Fight Depression
Since groundnut is a good source of protein, it contains amino acids like tryptophan which is essential for the production of serotonin.
And serotonin is a brain messenger that helps in mood regulation.
7. Boosts Hair Growth.
Protein is important in hair growth example keratin.
8.Helps in Weight Loss.
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