Health Benefits of Nuts

pic160I love delicious, crunchy nuts like almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts and pistachios! They are one of my favorite snacks. Did you know that nuts are not only delicious but have many amazing health benefits for women?

Nuts are a rich source of antioxidants and protect your cells against free radical damage. They are also an excellent source of heart healthy monounsaturated fats. Nuts help to reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. They also help to lower your cholesterol level, especially the unhealthy LDL cholesterol.

Many nuts are very good sources of vitamin E and are filled with magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, copper and B vitamins. These nutrients support strong, healthy bones, healthy collagen production, the strength and elasticity of your blood vessels, healthy blood production and a high level of energy.

Nuts are also a great food for reducing PMS and menstrual cramps and even help to assist weight loss by promoting a sense of fullness! In fact, research studies have shown that eating nuts twice a week actually reduces weight gain in women who want to shed unwanted pounds. Additionally, nuts reduce your risk of diabetes by lowering the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals. They also decrease your risk of gallbladder disease!

Eat a handful of raw almonds or spread creamy and delicious nut butter on crackers or slices of apples or bananas for a nutritious snack. Enjoy nuts and fruit together for a delicious and nutrient rich dessert.

You can also use nut flour instead of wheat or refined white flour to make the most scrumptious and tasty low carbohydrate cakes, cookies, tarts, breads and pancakes. I especially love using nut flour for my delicious and healthy strawberry shortcake! Love, Dr. Susan

About the Author

Best selling author and national speaker Dr. Susan has sold over 2 million books on health & wellness. She has appeared on numerous national and regional radio and television shows and has been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. She has Served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine and taught in their Division of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Richards became an ordained Christian minister in 2009 and, within a year, she began doing hospital ministry in the ICU's, critical care and rehabilitation units in the San Francisco area community three times a week. Her ministry is based on the supernatural healing power of God and Jesus Christ and she has seen many miraculous healings of seriously ill patients. The ministry receives over 20,000 prayer requests for healing each week which are answered by their faithful and devoted prayer team. She is currently developing the first Medical and Health Ministry Training Program of Supernatural Healing in the United States. Her medical ministry is at