Peanut is food for the brain

Delicious, nutritious, crunchy and comes with different flavors. Salted, sweetened or even hot and spicy. It is always associated with peanuts. Almost all of us love peanuts because everyone thinks that if you eat peanuts you’ll become smarter. Is this a fact or a fiction?

Arachis hypogaea or commonly known as peanut. Botanically, they are small sized, underground fruit pods of plant belonging to the Fabaceae family, in the genus Arachis. Some of the common names are groundnut, earthnuts, etc. Peanut contains essential nutrients that’s good for the human brain and also for the body. Peanut contains protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and primarily unsaturated fat. Few foods are so packed with protein as nut. It contain 10 percent of the recommended daily intake of RDI of protein, according to the American Peanut Council. Protein is required for the brain to manufacture chemicals called neurotransmitters, which brain cells use to communicate with one another. Two important neurotransmitters are norepinephrine and dopamine. When the brain manufactures these neurotransmitters. The Frankline Institute says, they can contribute to a feeling of alertness and added energy after the protein meal.

Peanut also contain vitamins which are essential to the brain to function properly. One of those is vitamin E, which functions as an antioxidant for brain cells to protect them from chemical breakdown. It also contains niacin, a B vitamin to protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related degeneration. Peanut also contain folate, which a pregnant woman need in order for the baby to develop a normal brain. If a pregnant woman lacks folate during her pregnancy her baby might develop a defect known as anencephaly, where the baby’s brain forms outside its skul.
Peanut is also rich in magnesium, copper, phosphorous and potassium. Each of these minerals is important for brain and nerve cells to generate electrical signals in order to communicate with themselves and the rest of the body.

Peanut is but a small fruit or nut. Even though it is small in size it has a powerful effect in our brain. We should never disregard its effect in our body, and we should always remember that even though we eat thousands of peanuts everyday and yet we don’t study we will not become smart because peanut is just making our brain healthy and it is our task to study so that we will become smart.

 

sources: http://www.livestrong.com/article/445843-are-peanuts-brain-food/

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/peanuts.html

 

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