They’re inexpensive, delicious, easy to store and pack when you’re on the go. Besides being full of protein, most nuts contain at least some of these healthy substances that may help us manage our daily life with endometriosis and pelvic pain:
Omega-3 fatty acids. Many nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fats have a profound effect on every system of the body, including the reproductive system and they are crucial for healthy hormone functioning.
Fiber. Dietary fiber not only helps to decrease the circulating estrogen in your body, but also helps to lower blood cholesterol and is essential for healthy bowel function. All nuts contribute fiber to the diet and eating foods rich in fiber, especially soluble fiber, helps to satisfy hunger for longer as well.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect tissues in the body from damage. This is an important vitamin in endometriosis because it has been shown to relieve menstrual cramps in women within two menstrual cycles.
B Vitamins. Nuts are full of B vitamins which help to lower stress levels, help maintain skin health and supports the nervous and digestive systems. Vitamin B6 in particular is important for keeping hormones balanced and healthy.
Magnesium is a mineral essential for good nerve and muscle function and for strong bones. It also has been shown to have a beneficial effect on painful periods and lower back pain. For more info, read The Benefits of Magnesium.
Zinc is needed for many processes in the body and is necessary for a strong immune system, as well as healing and protecting the skin.
Unsaturated fats. Just because nuts are high in fat doesn’t mean they are unhealthy. Nuts are a great source of the good fats – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats – which are essential for regulating blood cholesterol.
Moreover, nuts contain very few carbohydrates, and because of their high fiber, protein and healthy fat content, these carbohydrates are digested at a very slow pace. Adding a few walnuts to a salad, snacking on a handful of almond nuts or spreading nut butter on slices of fruits are good options to make you feel full and energized until your next meal!
Be careful not to go too nuts though. As much as 80 percent of a nut is fat and even though most of this fat is healthy fat, it’s still a lot of calories. That’s why you should eat nuts in moderation. Stick to a handful a day!