Peanut ( Arachis hypogaea ) or groundnut is a crop of global importance and is grown in many tropical and subtropical regions of the world. They may be known as “nuts” but botanically speaking they are not nuts but legume crop as they grow underground ( as opposed to nuts like walnuts and almonds that grows on trees). Eating peanuts is very beneficial for our health because of the presence of essential nutrients like vitamins,minerals,antioxidants, fatty acids, phytochemicals etc. present in them, but it is important to note that benefits of peanuts are not just limited to health as there are also some beauty benefits of peanuts for skin and hair. In this article, we will know about the beauty benefits of peanuts in detail.
Beauty Benefits of Peanuts
Beauty Benefits Of Peanuts For Skin
(1) Provides Clear Skin
Regular consumption of peanuts is very beneficial in providing us with a clear and glowing skin.This benefit of peanuts is mainly because of the presence of healthy monounsaturated fats and resveratrol in peanuts. These compounds are good for our heart and also helps in flushing out excess toxins from our body, which can otherwise cause breakout and formation of excess oil on our skin.
By removing toxins from our body, peanuts helps in peanuts helps in preventing our skin from toxic damage and thus make it clear and flawless. In addition to this, the presence of dietary fibers in peanuts also plays an important role in removing toxins out of the body as it smoothens the process of excretion and ensures that waste material gets removed out of the body without any discomfort.
(2) Keeps Premature Ageing At Bay
Regular and moderate consumption of peanuts is very beneficial for reducing the signs of premature aging like fine lines,wrinkles,dark spots etc. because of the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E in it. These antioxidants fights with the free radicals of our body stabilizes these unstabilized ions and thus prevents them from doing damage to our skin.
In addition to this, peanuts also contain a potent anti-ageing phytochemical known as “Resveratrol” which helps in keeping premature aging at bay and make our skin smooth and healthy. Vitamin C present in peanuts not only prevents us from the signs of premature aging but also improves firmness of our skin, maintains elasticity of our skin, and make our skin young and supple.This is because of the ability of vitamin C to rebuild collagen.
Collagen is an abundant protein, a connective tissue that plays a very important role in providing structure and shape to our body organs and also prevents skin from the absorption and spreading of pathogenic substances like microorganisms,environmental toxins etc. Collagen is the major component of hair and nails (source).
(3) Make Our Skin Young And Healthy
Regular and moderate consumption of peanuts is very effective for making our skin young and healthy because of the ability of peanuts to increase the blood flow in our vessels. By doing so, it calms our nerves,blood vessels, and muscles, and thus make our skin healthy and youthful. In addition to this, antioxidants, phytochemicals and other essential compounds present in peanuts also play an important role in improving the health of our skin.
(4) Treats Skin Disorders Like Eczema And Psoriasis
Consuming peanuts is good for our skin not only because it prevents us from free radical damage, prevents us from premature aging and helps in making our skin young and healthy but also because it is very effective for providing us relief from common skin disorders like Eczema and Psoriasis.
Eczema and Psoriasis is a major skin problem that affects millions of people all over the world and what make these skin disorders worse is that there is no effective cure for them yet and all a person can do is take preventive steps to manage it efficiently. (source , Source )
Eating peanuts on a regular basis ( but in a moderate quantity ) is very beneficial for providing relief from skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema because of the presence of essential fatty acids in it. These fatty acids help in reducing the redness and swelling of the skin, and the protein present in peanuts helps in cell regeneration. In addition to this, the presence of other compounds like zinc,magnesium, and vitamin E fights with the bacteria responsible for causing acne and improves the inner glow of our skin.
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(5) Keep Our Skin Moisturized And Hydrated
Regular and moderate consumption of peanuts is very beneficial for our skin and helps in keeping it moisturized and hydrated. This benefit of peanuts is mainly because of the presence of Omega 3 fatty acids in it.
Keeping our skin hydrated is important as skin hydration plays an important role in determining the health of our skin. It helps in making our skin smooth and moisturized , prevent it from being dry and flaky, reduces the signs of ageing like fine lines,wrinkles etc., controls excess oil secretion and provides many other benefits.(source ) So, by keeping our skin moisturized and hydrated, Peanuts also provide us with so many other benefits.
(6) Protects From UV Rays Of Sun
Consuming peanuts on a regular basis is very effective for protecting our skin from the oxidative damage caused by the harmful UV radiation of the sun. This benefit of peanuts is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E in them. These antioxidants fights with the free radicals ( unstabilized ions) of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from doing oxidative damage to our skin and keeps our skin healthy.
(7) Speed Up The Healing Of Wounds And Bruises
Consuming peanuts is good for our skin not only because it helps in keeping our skin young and healthy, free from oxidative damage, provide relief from skin disorders, keep it moisturized and moisturized but also because of its speed up the healing process of wounds and bruises of our skin. This healing benefit of peanuts is mainly because of the presence of beta carotene in it.
The beta carotene present in peanuts gets converted to Vitamin A in our body and plays an important role in the growth and repairing of the skin tissues. In addition to this, vitamin A is also good for our eyes as it improves our eyesight and reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
(8) Peanut Butter As Facial Mask
Peanut butter is a healthy paste that has entered into the kitchen of millions of people all over the world. In my country (India) it is not so popular but in many countries especially the United States, people have a deep love for peanut butter. Peanut butter is not only delicious but is also good for health.
In addition to this, peanut butter can be used as an excellent facial mask and helps in removing dirt and impurities from our skin, and thus helps in making it healthy and glowing.
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Beauty Benefits Of Peanuts For Hair
(1) Good Source Of Biotin
Regular consumption of peanuts is very beneficial for our hair because of the presence of an essential B-vitamin Biotin in it. Biotin plays an important role in hair growth and also determines the overall health of our scalp. Biotin is produced in the intestines of our body and we get it even from the food items like peanuts,almonds,carrots, walnuts, whole wheat bread, eggs etc.
Lack of biotin in our body can give rise to hair loss problem and because of this reason, it is important for us to include biotin in our diet, and peanut is a good source of biotin.
In addition to this, peanuts also contain folates which make our hair healthier. The presence of biotin and folates in peanuts, make them very beneficial for the people suffering from excessive hair loss.
(2) Prevents Hair Loss
Consuming peanuts help in preventing hair loss because of the presence of essential B-Vitamin Biotin in it. In addition to this, the presence of vitamin C and essential fatty acids like Omega-3 also plays an important role in preventing hair loss problem. Vitamin C assist the production of collagen in our body, which keeps the tissues of our hair together.
They also contain L-arginine, an amino acid that helps in treating baldness in males, and the presence of Omega-3 fatty acid in peanuts promotes the healthy growth of hair.
(3) Improves Strength Of Our Hair
The presence of Vitamin E in peanuts make them very beneficial for our hair as it prevents our hair from getting dry and brittle, and also, make them healthy and strong. Vitamin E also improves the blood circulation in our scalp and boost oxygen supply to the scalp and thus promotes hair growth.(source)
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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