Walnuts are a recognized “Super Food”
Walnuts are widely hailed and acknowledged as one of the top “Super Foods” available and the health benefits are widely recognized. Nutrient-dense and offering the correct type and balance of essential nutrients walnuts are a natural addition to the daily diet. Recent studies have shown that about one handful of walnuts ( approx 2 Ounces or 60 grams) was linked to lowering total cholesterol and LDL or “bad” cholesterol as well as improved blood vessel cell wall function in a study of 112 people between the ages of 25 and 75.
Walnut Health Benefits
Conceptually it makes sense that a walnut is a “super food” as it is, after all, nature’s nursery and a storage device that contains all the highly concentrated proteins, calories and nutrients that the walnut plant embryo requires in order to flourish. However, in addition to being a “super food” storage device walnuts also have a number of powerful additional health benefits including the following:
- Improved Cardiovascular Health including improved Blood Quality, improved Vasomotor Tone, reduced risk of Excessive Clotting and decreased risk of Excessive Inflammation;
- Reduction in problems with Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) which potentially adversely impacts 1 in 4 adults. Studies have shown that 50grams of walnuts daily over a period of 2-3 months can help reduce several of the key MetS related problems;
- Benefit in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes with walnuts contributing to the improvement in cardiovascular function and improved blood fat composition including less LDL cholesterol and less total cholesterol.
- Anti-Cancer Benefits : as walnuts contain a wide variety of antioxidants which help lower the risk of chronic oxidative stress and anti-inflammatory properties that help lower the risk of chronic inflammation and it is precisely these two types of risk, that, when combined, pose the greatest threat for cancer development;
- Natural Anti-Depressant: as they contain traceable amount of Omega-3 fatty acids which can decrease inflammation in the brain that can interfere with health mood. Walnuts are also helpful for inducing melatonin in the body which helps you sleep;
- Improve your Memory: according to a 2012 Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease eating walnuts as part of a Mediterranean diet was associated with better memory and brain function. The antioxidants in walnuts may help counteract age-related cognitive decline and even reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
The table below provides a detailed Nutritional analysis of natural walnuts:
For further information on the nutritional benefits of walnuts follow the link below to the comprehensive “Walnuts: Fact Sheet” provided by the Nuts for Life website