Researchers discovered eating foods rich in vitamin E such as in almonds, peanuts, pine nuts and beta carotene in dried apricots lowered the risk of cancer as well as heart disease in middle aged or older people.
Almond nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E and powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required in protecting the cell membranes from the harmful free radicals that are present in the body. If the cell membranes would be damaged this could lead to serious health problems, including cancer.
The reason that vitamin E is so effective against harmful free radicals because it is fat soluble so it can be absorbed into the cell membranes and therefore essential for the immune system.
Peanuts are a good source of heart-healthy monosaturated fat, flavonoid (resveratrol), antioxidants, phytosterols, phytic acid (inositol hexaphosphate), and folic acid, making them heart-healthy, a good way to reduce your risk of stroke, and cancer.
Like almonds, peanuts are an excellent source of vitamin E (a-tocopherol) a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant which helps maintain the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting from harmful oxygen free radicals.
The recommended daily amount of vitamin E a person requires, depends on their body weight. This is connected to the more fat a diet contains then the more of the vitamin E that is needed.
Like almonds and peanuts, pine nuts also are an excellent source of vitamin E a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant and contain about 9.33 mg per 100 g (about 62% of RDA).
Pine nuts help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol) in the blood.
Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet, which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.
The consumption of pine nuts helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals.
A person with cystic fibrosis is unable to digest fats well which leads to less of the vitamin E being absorbed.
If there’s insufficiency of vitamin E derived from normal diet a peson may require to take vitamin E supplements to cope up the deficit.
Moreover, a healthy heart needs plenty of vitamin E to prevent and help contain any existing heart disease and stop it from getting worse.
While dried apricots carry more benefits than the fresh, their nutrients are concentrated and distilled into a much more potent form.
The drying process strips the fresh fruits of its water content without harming, altering, or reducing the potency of the nutritive value of the apricots.
The benefits are mainly due to the high beta carotene content of the fruit. Beta carotene is the substance responsible for the formation of Vitamin A and is also a powerful antioxidant in itself.
None of the beta carotene that is absorbed is wasted as any excess after conversion to vitamin A has taken place is used to fight the harmful free radicals within the body.
The health benefits of beta carotene include treating heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, skin disorders, cataracts, age related macular degeneration, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis and many more.