The presence of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 in particular) in nuts reduce the LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol. As a result nuts protect against arteriosclerosis.
Nuts in general and almonds in particular, are rich is calcium, magnesium and phosphorous ñ all of which help build strong bones. Pistachios, peanuts, sesame and sunflower seeds are high in iron.
The high fiber content in nuts aid in weight loss and do not cause obesity.
The high Vitamin E content of nuts helps improve skin health.
Nuts contain a variety of phytochemicals which are proven to have anti-cancer actions: e.g. ellagic acid, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, isoflavons, and phytosterols.