Peanuts have been a source of food and medicine for thousands of years.
Here are 8 facts about peanuts from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that will amaze you.
1. Nourish the spleen and boost qi:
Peanuts have a mild nature, which is neither cool nor warm. They are good for the spleen, stomach, and lungs. Since they moisten the lungs and the stomach, nourish the spleen and boost qi, they can cure dry cough, nausea, athlete’s foot, and other illnesses.
2. Nourish the brain:
3. Lower blood pressure, soften blood vessels, and reduce cholesterol:
Peanut lipid content is high, with large calorie; they contain unsaturated fatty acids, which are indispensable for your body. Peanuts can be pickled in aged vinegar. Vinegar can improve your body’s absorption and utilization, as well as reduce peanuts’ fatty substances. This reduces blood pressure, soften blood vessels, and reduce accumulation of cholesterol. Eating 10 peanuts pickled in aged vinegar daily is very beneficial to your health.
4. Restore women’s strength, and increase breast milk secretions:
Peanuts simmered with pig trotters can help restore women’s strength, enrich blood, and increase breast milk secretions. Elderly people with waist or knee pain, dry skin, vital essence and blood weakness can use this remedy to nourish their bodies. Pig trotters can be simmered with 100 grams of peanuts, onions, and ginger.
5. Stabilize blood sugar level:
Studies show that peanuts can slow the absorption of carbohydrates. So eating some peanuts at the breakfast can help stabilize your blood sugar level during the day.
6. Keep heart healthy:
Peanuts’ fatty acids, together with other ingredients, lower bad cholesterol levels, and in turn help keep your heart healthy.
7. Reduce risk of colon cancer:
Eating peanuts in the long run reduces the risk of getting colon cancer, as the folic acid together with other nutrients has anti-cancer effects.
8. Promote platelet count:
Eating peanuts along with their red skin inhibits the dissolving of fibrin, and thus promotes platelet production. They also strengthen capillary contraction, which helps patients with thrombocytopenia, hemoptysis caused by pneumonia, and urinary tract bleeding.
Translation help by Billy Shyu