If you're not nutty for nuts, you may want to reconsider snacking on them.
New research shows nuts fight diseases by reducing chronic inflammation throughout the body.
Health experts say nuts are also linked to a longer life and lower rates of heart disease and diabetes.
Not to mention that they are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.
So the next question is which nuts are best for you...
If you're looking to boost your heart health, reach for walnuts. They've been shown to help heart arrhythmias. Doctors also say walnuts reduce inflammation and oxidation in your arteries after you eat a fatty meal.
If you're more worried about brain development, pop some peanuts into your diet.
They're high in folate, which is a mineral that helps protect you against cognitive decline as you age. Folate also helps pregnant women protect their unborn babies from birth defects.
To top it all off, peanuts are also full of brain-boosting healthy fats and vitamin E.
The best option for men are Brazil nuts. They're packed with a mineral called selenium, which doctors say will protect you against prostate cancer and other diseases.
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