Tiger nuts are a great source of natural minerals. They mainly provide calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and zinc. Calcium helps to keep teeth and bones healthy, intervenes in blood coagulation and in the transmission of nerve impulses. Magnesium is also involved in the formation of teeth and bones, and also helps maintain the activity of muscles and nerves, promoting a healthy immune system.
Potassium and sodium help in the correct functioning of nerves and muscles, they are essential for the correct growth of the organism. Phosphorus also participates in the storage and correct use of energy and zinc intervenes in the development and growth of the reproductive organs and in the function of the senses of taste and smell.
Tiger nuts are also a source of vitamins E and C. While VItamin E which helps prevent haemolysis,vitamin C, promotes the formation of collagen and the absorption of iron for the protection of bones and teeth. Both vitamins have an antioxidant function, helping in the production of red blood cells and the protection of cell membranes.
The folic acid provided by the tuber (also known as Vitamin B9) helps the formation of red and white blood cells and the content in Vitamin B6 intervenes in the functioning of nerve cells and in the formation of antibodies and red blood cells. Moreover, thiamine (B1) and riboflavin (B2) are vitamins, which are also present in tiger nuts, and are involved in energy metabolism. Finally, we can mention tiger nuts also contain niacin, which helps generate sexual hormones. This makes tiger nuts some kind of a nutrient cocktail and why they have been highly regarded along history for their health healing properties.
Therefore, children and young people in their growing age are advised to include the eating of tiger nuts in their daily food in order to add the benefits to their body.
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