Please stay away from synthetic biotin. Did you know peanuts provide all the biotin you need for perfect hair, nails and skin as well as supporting a healthy pregnancy?
Peanuts is not actually a nut as we are led to believe but a legume. Peanuts are in the same family as peas, lentils and chickpeas but contain more protein than any true nut. Many people tend to turn their noses up at peanuts. For those suffering from nut allergies, understandably so. However, grabbing a handful of peanuts may be more helpful to your health than just being tasty. Peanuts are an especially good source of healthful fats, protein, and fibre. They also contain plenty of potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and B vitamins. Despite being high in calories, peanuts are nutrient-rich and low in carbohydrates making them a perfect defense against a snack attack.
From a TICM perspective, peanuts benefit the Earth organs, the Stomach and Spleen because they grow in soil. Peanuts also lubricate the Lung due to their mild nature, so they benefit those with Lung Yin deficiency. In TICM peanuts are used for improving appetite, regulating blood flow, alleviating insomnia, treating oedema and aiding lactation. Also, tea made from the shells can help to lower blood pressure. When it comes to peanut butter, avoid ones with added oil and sugar. Do your research in sourcing the best possible ingredients.
Boost biotin: biotin is technically considered part of vitamin B complex, but it has also been called vitamin H in the past. Biotin is involved in dozens of enzymatic reactions in the body, including processes that regulate the expression of your genes. A quarter-cup serving of peanuts contains more than 26 micrograms, or 88% of your Daily Value for the nutrient.
Help your heart: peanuts sometimes get a bad rap because of their high fat content. However, the types of fats in peanuts are actually the heart healthy variety. Getting plenty of monounsaturated fats in your diet promotes the artery-clearing process that keeps your blood flowing well and lowers your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Rich in antioxidants: peanuts are rich in the powerful antioxidant resveratrol. Routinely eating peanuts or peanut butter can boost your your resveratrol consumption, potentially harnessing its beneficial antioxidant power.
Increase copper: failure to get enough copper has been associated with numerous health conditions. Even mild copper deficiency may contribute to higher risk of cardiovascular disease, while consuming sufficient amounts of copper may lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol. A quarter-cup serving of peanuts contains 0.42 micrograms of copper, which amounts to 47% of the daily value for the mineral.
Peanuts are very susceptible to molds and fungal invasions. In this case, it is beneficial to know the source of your peanuts and to buy organic when possible to avoid ingesting unnecessary pesticides.