How can something as delicious as a creamy macadamia nut help protect your body against cell damage, disease and cognitive decline?
Full of ‘fight-o-chemicals’
Macadamia nuts are packed with phytochemicals; compounds found in plants that show anti-inflammatory and antioxidant behaviour. Oxidative stress is caused by harmful free radicals that form in the body due to the numerous chemical reactions occurring. This cell damage contributes to inflammation, premature ageing and chronic diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.1,3
Studies show that eating naturally antioxidant-rich macadamia nuts as part of a diet filled with fruits, vegetables and wholegrains improves markers of oxidative stress therefore reducing your risk of chronic disease and premature ageing.4
Macadamias also contain the antioxidant minerals manganese, magnesium and copper. These all have numerous important functions in our body to help keep us and our immune systems healthy.
Macadamia nuts are rich in tocotrienols too – a form of vitamin E that shows antioxidant properties – that may help lower cholesterol and protect against cancer and brain diseases.5,6,7,8