The word “Pecan,” from the Algonquins, means a nut that requires a stone to crack.’ They have been indigenous to Native America’s food scene since the 16th century. Strangely, pecans, less popular than other nuts such as walnut, almond and cashew, are very beneficial to human health. For starters, each pecan nut contains more than 19 health enriching minerals and vitamins – manganese, copper, thiamine and potassium among others, as well as high quality proteins and healthy fats. Also, it eliminates bad cholesterol from the body. Hmmm! Talk about a nutrient saturated nut! Below are …

7 STRANGE THINGS THAT PECAN NUTS DO TO YOUR BODY

  1. FLOOD YOUR BODY WITH ANTIOXIDANTS

Pecans indeed are a smorgasbord of antioxidants. Smorgasbord…?!!! In simpler terms, a great blend of variety. Generally, sourced from plant-based foods, antioxidants, also known as free-radical scavengers, are chemical substances which fight to eliminate or impede the free radicals and molecules that cause oxidation stress within your body. Some popular antioxidants are flavonoids, phenols, polyphenols, and phytoestrogens.

Pecans have more than twice the amount of flavonoid which can be found in more popular nuts like almonds, and cashews. Flavonoids reduce the body’s propensity towards heart disease, cancer and stroke! In comparison with walnuts, pecans have more than seven times the amount of flavonoid found in walnuts. Furthermore, they are very rich in gamma-tocopherols – a form of vitamin E, which helps prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Pecans also contain Zinc which is a powerful antioxidant.

2. CAPABLE HEART-HEALTH ENHANCERS

In 2018, Nutrients published a survey which indicated that the consumption of pecans was very helpful in the reduction of several pointers within the body which were huge indicators to the potential of a person having heart disease – cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels. The finding of this survey was also substantiated by another study from California which got similar results.

As mentioned earlier, pecans are very rich in gamma-tocopherols – a form of vitamin E, which helps prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. It should be noted that cholesterol when oxidised, has the potential to cause heart disease. Pecans also reduce cholesterol levels within the body.

3. ENABLE WEIGHT LOSS

Although Pecans are very rich in nutrients and healthy fats, these fats within the stomach, cause food to dispense slowly from the stomach. They provide energy for a longer duration, and this enables one to go without food for much longer.

Moreover, Pecans contain a few B-complex vitamin groups – folates, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6, which do boost the body’s metabolic rate. Additionally, the fats within pecans consist of fibre which usually passes through the intestines without being digested. So, pecans by themselves cause the body to work more and eat less – the renowned mantra for weight loss!

4. HELP WITH OPTIMAL BRAIN FUNCTION

The many minerals which are constituents of the pecan nut, are capable enablers of optimal brain function. Pecans contain Thiamin (Vitamin B1), a key vitamin in cell growth, development and division, which is given to Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome patients. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a brain disorder that is popular among alcoholics.

Additionally, Alpha-tocopherol which is a constituent of the pecan nut, is an isoform (protein form) of Vitamin E, and the body’s preferred form of Vitamin E. It is a very vital nutrient for the brain which helps with its functionality. Pecans also contain Manganese and Copper which are vital components of the enzymes responsible for your body’s cellular (including your brain cells) and physiological reactions. Copper especially, is vital to the brain’s functionality. It does protect the brain from neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

5. PREVENT BONE LOSS

Furthermore, Manganese does regulate blood sugar within the body, and this is essential for healthy bones. Also, Manganese as well as Copper and Zinc which are also found in pecan nuts, are all nutrients which feature in the treatment of osteoporosis’ symptoms – weak, brittle bones. These serves as nourishment to the bones, thereby preventing bone loss.

6. ENRICH THE SKIN

Even more, Manganese helps with the formation of collagen which provides your skin’s firmness and elasticity. Also the antioxidants – Folate, Phosphorous, Vitamin-A, Vitamin-E and Zinc, in Pecans, do counter and eliminate free radicals within the body which are responsible for aging. These antioxidants do enhance the skin’s health, complexion, and guard against skin infections. Simply put, pecans rejuvenate your skin, and also give you a younger look!

7.ENABLE HAIR BLOSSOM

L-arginine a protein found in pecan nuts, is used in the treatment of pattern baldness in men. Additionally, L-arginine makes the walls of the arteries more flexible and this makes more blood accessible to all parts of the body and as well, reduces the chances of blood clots within the arteries. The accessibility of blood to various parts of the body ensures that more nutrients get to these parts, and this promotes the health of these body parts such as one’s hair roots, and scalp.

Furthermore, pecans are rich in iron, the lack of which is responsible for hair loss. Therefore, pecans are very good combatants for hair loss!


I do suspect that you are craving for pecans right now. Please do remember that moderation is key to reaping the benefits associated with these 7 strange things, which pecan nuts do to your body. Thank you for reading!

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