Although different species of walnut exist, the English walnut remains the most popular one. In China and India, walnuts have been well known for their highly nutritious properties for centuries now. However, the health benefits of walnuts have only recently been valued in the West.
List of Health Benefits:
- Packed with Brain-Boosting Fats – Walnuts are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, making walnuts highly nutritious for our brains and nervous systems. Studies have also shown the link between regular consumption of walnuts and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Cancer Prevention – According to studies published in The Journal of Nutrition (April 2014), walnuts were found to slow the growth of colon, prostate and renal cancers in mice.
- Strengthen the Cardiovascular System – Foods rich in beneficial fats are known to improve our cardiovascular systems, as are walnuts. A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition discovered that walnuts can decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Good Source of Additional Nutrients – Walnuts are not only known for their rich supply of good fats, but also for their calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamin B content. These nuts are especially high in magnesium, and are also a good source of protein.
Walnuts are best eaten raw. While a lot of people do not like their bitter skins, they contain up to 90 percent of the fruit’s main cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Source: Spirit Foods