Nuts to Increase
When you're struggling to
keep going throughout the day, what do you reach for? Do you
drink a cup of coffee, a can of soda or an energy drink? Or do
you eat a chocolate bar? These things provide quick energy, but
they will most likely leave you in the same boat as before a
short time later.
Nuts are a healthier option for those who need an
energy boost. Not only do they give us quick energy, they
also keep us going longer than caffeine-laden drinks or sugary
snacks do. And they have lots of other health benefits as
Why Do Nuts Provide So Much Energy?
Nuts are loaded with protein. Protein is a great
source of energy, but it tends to work more slowly than
carbohydrates. Protein does not provide a quick energy
fix, but it keeps us going for the long haul.
Another nutrient found in nuts is coenzyme Q10, or
CoQ10 for short. This is a nutrient that helps our cells
produce energy. It is also an antioxidant, which means
that it protects our cells from damage caused by oxidative
stress. Our bodies produce some CoQ10 naturally, but the
amount decreases with age. But by eating sources of the
nutrient such as nuts, we can experience its
Nuts also contain Omega 3 fatty acids, a category of
unsaturated fats which provide energy to the muscles and
organs. They also store energy for the body and help
lower LDL, the so-called "bad" cholesterol. Nuts are one
of the best sources of this class of fatty acids.
Which Nuts Are Best?
All types of nut will give you energy. But some
varieties do have added benefits. Here are some of the
best types of nuts:
* Almonds - Considered a superfood by some, almonds
have lots of nutritional value. A serving contains as
much protein as many meats. Almonds also provide
potassium and iron, which are essential in maintaining energy
* Walnuts - One serving of walnuts provides as much as
90% of the recommended daily value of Omega 3 fatty
acids. They are also high in L-arginine, an amino acid
that can be converted into glucose and glycogen.
* Pecans - Pecans contain lots of protein and
unsaturated fats. They are also a source of at least
nineteen vitamins and minerals.
* Cashews - Cashews are lower in fat than most other
nuts, but they are packed with amino acids and minerals.
They are a good source of copper, which is essential to energy
Nuts are a great snack when you need an energy
boost. A handful of mixed nuts can give us surprising
amounts of the nutrients that we need in our diets.
Keeping some on hand will give you a tasty and effective
alternative to caffeine when you need a quick