Thursday, March 8, 2012

Great News on Walnuts and your Health

Two Juglans regia walnuts.Image via Wikipedia
Nature is so full of wonderful, healthful and healing foods. It's just so amazing how what you eat can help in the healing and management of some troublesome chronic diseases.  The walnut is an example of one food that has been found to have some new and exciting health benefits.

This post will present some of the latest findings.

Walnuts and your health

Walnuts are a  tasty and healthful treat that can be used in many recipes, or eaten right from the shell. They are full of antioxidants, vitamin E and are beneficial in helping to digest fats.  One serving provides 10% of the daily recommended fiber intake, and, for those who are limiting their  meat consumption, they provide a great source of protein. One serving, about eight nuts, contains about 180 calories.

The newest health claims

Contrary to what many people believe, walnuts don't contribute to weight gain, if eaten in moderation.

Studies show that  walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids.  These fatty acids help lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease, stroke and some cancers: such as breast cancer.  Omega-3s are also important in battling depression. They also help ease arthritis pain and inflammation.

Omega -3 fatty acids also help inhibit tumor growth.

How to consume walnuts for  maximum health benefits

For maximum health benefits make sure that they are eaten raw.  As with other foods, roasting and cooking reduce nutrient and antioxidant levels. Make sure that you leave the thin skins intact since they also contain a lot of nutrients. To maximize their benefits, make sure to eat one serving per day.


"This Popular Nut slashed breast cancer risk in Mice by 50%"

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