Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Benefits of Nuts and Seeds

Monday, 27 Sep 2010 10:37 AM


Question: What are the nutritional benefits of nuts and seeds?

Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:

Nuts and seeds are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and phytosterols. Furthermore, nuts are a good sources of healthy fats that help to build healthy immune and nervous systems. Although high in calories, the nutrients in nuts provide the body with a wonderful source of protein and a quick source of energy.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of adults in the United States. Nuts have been shown in numerous studies to prevent heart disease. Hypertension has also shown improvement with the use of nuts in the diet. Nuts have also been used to improve diabetes and fatigue.

Due to the higher fat content of nuts, one criticism is that they may adversely affect cholesterol and lipid levels. However, nut consumption has been shown to lower elevated cholesterol levels and improve fatty acid profiles.

Nuts and seeds are some of the healthiest foods on the planet, providing a wealth of nutrients for the body. Add nuts to your diet as a healthy snack alternative for both children and adults.


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