Heart, brain, longevity: 3 reasons to eat nuts, hazelnuts, peanuts every day…

The term “nuts” often refers to a set of dried fruits including walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, cashews, etc. Brazil nuts and peanuts which are legume fruits can also be classified in the large group of nuts. Nuts are sources of vitamins, minerals, magnesium, phosphorus, dietary fiber and antioxidants. Walnuts also contain bioactive compounds such as ellagic acid, genistein, resveratrol, etc. They are a source of fats in the form of linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids (ALA), two essential fatty acids. ALA (omega-3) appears to benefit heart and brain health; it is the precursor of EPA and DHA, important for the neuronal membrane.