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Energize the Body with Nuts

It’s two o’clock in the afternoon. You are beginning to feel sluggish, sleepy and just don’t want to go anymore. What do you do? Make a pot of coffee, grab an energy drink or run to the vending machine for a soda and a candy bar might be your answer. These type of quick pick me ups are just that a quick shock to the system. Nuts on the other hand can give you a boost that will last and they are full of nutrients that help to keep the body healthy as well.

Energize the Body with Nuts

Where does the energy come from in nuts?

Nuts are full of Omega 3 fatty acids. In fact nuts provide more Omega 3 fatty acids than just about any other type of food. These types of acid provide energy to the muscles and organs in our bodies. Being an unsaturated fat they are healthier for the body and can help to lower cholesterol as well. Plus they help the body store energy to keep you going longer.

Protein, which is a great source of energy, is also found in abundance in nuts. Carbohydrates also provide energy but they are the quick energy as they do not store in the body as long or work as slowly as protein does. Protein is released at a much slower rate therefore our energy levels remain for a longer period of time.

Nuts also contain a nutrient that helps our cells to produce energy. This nutrient is called co enzyme Q10. Although our bodies naturally produce this nutrient as we grow older the production slows down. Refurbishing older bodies with CoQ10 is a way for older adults to maintain energy. This nutrient also produces antioxidants that help to prevent the free radicals in our bodies that damage the cells.

What nuts provide all this energy?

Just about nut will do. There are certain varieties though that can give you added benefits to just supplying energy. Cashews for instance are a good source of copper. Copper is a nutrient that is crucial in the production of energy. They are also filled with amino acids and minerals. Cashews are also extremely low in fat.

Pecans are also a great source of vitamins and minerals. Containing a lot of protein, pecans are a natural way to increase you energy levels.

Almonds contain not only protein but iron and potassium as well. These are all a necessary part of maintaining energy in the body. Many believe that almonds are the food of today because they contain as much if not more protein than many meats.

Walnuts contain an amino acid called L-arginine. This amino acid while in the body coverts to glucose and glycogen. Both are very important in maintaining blood sugar levels in the body. Walnuts also contain 3/4 of the recommended daily value of Omega 3 fatty acids.

If you are looking for a way to increase that energy, pop a few nuts in your mouth. They provide not only energy but many healthy benefits that will do the body good. They are a great snack, a wonderful pick me up and easy to keep on hand no matter where you are.

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