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Pecans are naturally rich in the mineral zinc, an essential mineral for enzyme production and reproductive health. Zinc along with manganese can help the skin achieve a radiant complexion. Zinc is vital for the health of our connective tissues and cell oxygenation. Raw pecans contain high levels of magnesium, phosphorus, iron and manganese, making them a true beauty food.

Pecans are also rich in phytochemical substances such as polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds play an important role in removing toxic oxygen-free radicals, thus protecting your body from diseases, cancer and infections. Ellagic acid possesses anti-proliferative properties which inhibit DNA binding of certain carcinogens such as nitrosamines and polycyclic hydrocarbons, thus protecting the human body from cancers.

Pecans are an excellent source of L-arginine, an amino acid which encourages blood flow throughout the body.  This makes L-arginine is beneficial in improving the health of arterial walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots which can block the flow of blood. L-Arginine plays important roles in cell division, wound healing, immunity, removing ammonia from the body and releasing certain hormones. L-Arginine is known to help erectile dysfunction and high blood pressure because it is a precursor for the synthesis of nitric oxide, which has the ability to expand blood vessels.

Try these tasty pecan treats:

Chocolate Pecan Truffles

Maple Pecan Balls

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