Walnuts have always been considered as the best ‘Superfood’. It is also known as Brain Food because of its crinkly appearance. The shell of the fruit is hard and the seed of the fruit contains a significant amount of nutrients such as carbohydrates, essential minerals, proteins, vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Other than delicious taste it has a multitude of health benefits. Walnuts help to reduce bad cholesterol, controls diabetes and improves metabolism. It is a mood booster, aid in weight management as it possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Walnuts increase the activity of the brain and help to function properly as it contains omega-3 fatty acid. Here we have mentioned five other health benefits of Walnuts:
Improves heart function: Walnuts are an ample source of monounsaturated fatty acids and are rich in omega-3. It also contains essential fatty acids like arachidonic acids, alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid.Thus, consumption of walnuts increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL)and lowers bad cholesterol (LDL). It lowers the risk of high blood pressure and heart diseases if you consume 25 grams of walnuts every day.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Walnuts reduce the effects of inflammation in the body because it contains polyphenolic compounds and phytochemical substances.
Bone Health Improvement: Walnuts contain essential fatty acid and thus it improves the bone health of the body. While reducing urinary calcium excretion it increases calcium absorption and deposition which is very good for the bones.
Control Diabetes: It contains a high amount of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which acts effectively on diabetes. People suffering from diabetes should have a handful of walnuts on a regular basis.
Improves Metabolism: It also improves the metabolism in the body. Walnut, along with EFAs, provide minerals to the body. Minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. These minerals help in metabolic activities like growth and development.
So try to add walnuts to your regular diet and if you don’t like the taste then blend them in smoothies to get their therapeutic benefits. And before cooking fish and chicken add shredded walnuts into it to add a nutty flavour. By soaking them in water overnight you can further improve the quality of walnuts.