You might refer to walnuts as the snowflake nut. Shapes of each walnut are unique in outline as well as topography. In addition to this, walnuts also offer unique health benefits and we now consider them Superfood. Superfood is a nutrient rich food, and experts consider them to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
Let’s explore the potential health benefits of walnuts. But first keep in mind they not only taste delicious on their own but are easily incorporated into a number of delicious recipes.
The list of their health benefits bullet pointed below, originally appeared in Prevention magazine in January of this year:
- Walnuts may help those who have issues with unhealthy levels of cholesterol. 2 ounces of walnuts a day keeps the cardiologist away! Research produced in 2015 showed walnut consumption linked to overall reduction in cholesterol as well as LDL. They are otherwise known in layperson’s terms as “bad cholesterol”. They also saw improved blood vessel cell wall function.
- I’m a healthy snack, remember me? Putting down snacks polluted with additives like potato chips and instead, crunching on walnuts could also improve your memory. In 2012 the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published a report which associated consumption of walnuts with better memory and brain function. They may also aid in combating the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s.
- An anti-inflammation proclamation: While the most powerful, anti-inflammatory Omega 3s come from fish, we shouldn’t discount the plant variety. Walnuts health benefits include containing high levels of alpha-linolenic acid or ALA which is the vegetarian counterpart to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) commonly found in fish.
- PM”X”: Walnuts may help a woman to stamp out the worst of her premenstrual symptoms. An ounce of walnuts contains nearly 50% of your daily recommended intake of manganese and about 11% of your recommended daily intake of magnesium. They say both of these minerals help reduce PMS symptoms including mood swings, insomnia, stomach and low back pain.
Calm down, walnuts’ health benefits can handle this:
When studying responses to stressful situations research has also found those who eat walnuts exhibit lower blood pressure. Ironically this constitutes taking a “nut pill” to stay sane.
What are some good ideas for integrating walnuts into your daily diet? Try packing a handful each day in place of your favorite candy crutch. Remember to give walnuts some time to marinate on your taste buds. We acquire tastes over a period of time. If you cannot get with the unabated walnut train after some time, then try adding them to yogurt or cereal. You can also mix them into salads or spreads you use on sandwiches. Your diet’s impact on your long term health is more than worth the diligence and creative effort.