Sesame seeds, perilla seeds and peanuts can be helpful for those with cardiovascular diseases during wintertime, according to recommendations by the Rural Development Administration.
When temperatures drop, our veins contract, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis, hypertension, and cardiac arrest. Sesame seeds, perilla seeds and peanuts reduce cholesterol levels in blood, thereby lowering the risk of such diseases.
Sesame seeds are known to accelerate recovery from any trauma to the skin and mucous membranes, and neutralize the toxic oxygen-free radicals in the body.
Perilla seeds are full of fiber and omega-3. Our bodies cannot produce omega-3, but its essential fatty acids must be supplemented through food intake. Omega-3 helps prevent cardiovascular diseases, as it can boost body circulation and also prevents dementia. Fiber helps with metabolism while discharging bodily waste.
Peanuts contain the antioxidant resveratrol, which is known to be effective in fighting cancer. It protects the coronary artery from damage and prevents blood clotting which can lead to heart failure and stroke.
Here are some tips for choosing the right nuts.
Chestnuts are particularly rich in vitamin C and their thick shells prevent the nutrients from being lost while roasting. They also contain tannin which is good for overcoming fatigue and preventing colds. When buying them, look for plump, firm, and heavy ones with dark, shiny shells.
Almonds are rich in unsaturated fatty acid, vitamin E, calcium and iron, making them a good choice for skin and anti-aging. But they should be stored in a tightly-sealed container to keep their flavor.
Walnuts contain rich amounts of niacin and vitamin A, necessary for brain development. Also rich in linolenic acid and vitamin E, they are effective in preventing atherosclerosis. Freezing walnuts keeps them fresher longer, and they make a perfect snack with milk as they lack protein and calcium.