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Halva Health Benefits and Side Effects - Is It Good for You

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on April 19, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU

Health Benefits

Halva has a rich nutritional profile. However, it also has many consumption limits to consider.

Diabetes

Halva is an excellent source of phosphorus, magnesium, and iron.

Research suggests that lower phosphorus levels are linked to diabetes and kidney disease. According to one study, serum phosphorus levels are lower in type 2 diabetes patients, indicating that they may have a phosphorus metabolism disorder. Foods high in magnesium supplements may help to improve insulin sensitivity, which is essential for blood sugar control.

However, if you have kidney disease or diabetes, you should limit your intake of certain nutrients, such as carbohydrates, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus. Limiting these nutrients can help you manage the condition better and reduce the likelihood of worsening over time [1].

Migraine

Halva falls in the range of the top 10% of foods as a source of magnesium. Several studies suggest that magnesium supplements may even help prevent and treat migraine headaches. Migraine sufferers are typically magnesium deficient: taking these mineral supplements can help with migraines.

Magnesium supplements have been shown in several studies to help prevent and treat migraine headaches [2].

Insomnia

Magnesium supplements are frequently used as a natural sleep remedy because magnesium regulates several neurotransmitters involved in sleep, including gamma-aminobutyric acid.

According to research, magnesium may help alleviate the symptoms of insomnia. Taking 500 mg of magnesium daily for eight weeks improved many subjective and objective measures of insomnia in an eight-week study of elderly patients with insomnia. Patients slept faster and for more extended periods. Another study of nearly 4,000 adults found that increasing intake of this mineral improved sleep quality and duration [3].

Downsides and Risks

Cardiovascular Health

Phosphate levels above a certain threshold may be linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

According to some studies, excess phosphorus promotes pathologic calcification of heart valves. A meta-analysis of six cohort studies involving over 120,000 healthy adults followed for up to 29 years found that those with the highest serum phosphorus levels had a 36% increased risk of death from CVD and all causes compared to those with the lowest levels. Men were more likely than women to die from any cause [4].

Kidney Disease

Studies have also shown high phosphorus levels harm the kidneys and cause kidney function loss. This loss of function raises the possibility of kidney failure.

When you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), your kidneys struggle to remove phosphorus. Phosphorus levels that are too high can harm your body. Extra phosphorus causes body changes that cause calcium to be drawn out of your bones, weakening them. Normal functioning kidneys can remove extra phosphorus in your blood [5].

Allergy

Halva contains sunflower seeds, which can cause an allergic reaction.

According to the researchers, the most common reactions to sunflower seeds were cutaneous symptoms, respiratory symptoms, oral allergy syndrome, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Some people can develop anaphylaxis [6].

References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27269925/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31691193/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23853635/
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30107444/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26303319/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5806758
Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: April 19, 2022
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