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Wonder Nut: Walnut

Wonder Nut: Walnut

Do you love walnuts? Do you constantly look for ways to include them in your daily diet? If yes, congratulations—you’re getting more potassium, magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin E. What’s more, you’re getting much less sodium than those who prefer salted peanuts. You’re boosting your memory and brain power, and… oh, the benefits of walnuts are simply too many to count!

Walnuts are a wonder nut indeed. Just seven of them a day can keep you free of many health problems. Here’s a brief list of their amazing benefits:

1. Whole, unskinned walnuts are rich in phenol, whose antioxidant properties are known to boost immunity and delay aging.
2. In fact, walnuts contain almost twice as many antioxidant polyphenols as Brazil nuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews and pecans.
3. The omega-3 essential fatty acids in walnuts improve your blood lipid profile, protecting you from strokes and coronary disease.
4. Walnuts have a special kind of Vitamin E, which further protects the heart.
5. The high-quality protein in walnuts can substitute for meat.
6. The nutrients in walnuts have been found to be effective against certain cancers, especially prostate and breast cancer.
7. Ayurvedic healers recommend giving one walnut a day to growing children, because the nut is known to nourish the brain. Modern research has corroborated this, thousands of years after vaidyas first recommended walnuts as a brain-sharpening nut!
8. Eaten in moderation—7 walnuts a day—they calm the Kapha dosha, which means you have more energy and fewer colds, among other things.
9. Studies have shown that walnuts are beneficial for those with Type 2 diabetes.
10. Another research study indicates that walnuts contain melatonin, an antioxidant that regulates sleep.

Walnuts are wonderfully versatile, too. You could munch them raw, which is my favorite way of enjoying them, or you could sneak them into your cereal and salads. Do share your tips and ideas for enjoying this lovely butterfly-shaped nut. I will soon share mine, too.

And now, off I go to get my daily quota of 7 crunchy walnuts! (Why only 7, you ask? That’s because 7 walnuts make 1 ounce, and that ounce of protection is all you need to keep the doctor away!)

 

 

Related:
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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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7:54AM PST on Nov 28, 2013

brain food

3:16AM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Wet walnuts are great. Apparently soaking a walnut over night in boiled water and then drinking in the morning lowers cholesterol, that's what a Turkish friend told me. But check out the water in the morning, it's minging, I would rather eat my seven a day.

2:20AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

Thank you :)

1:38PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

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3:44PM PDT on May 20, 2013

Very interesting. Thanks! I'm inspired to go find some walnuts.

5:45PM PDT on May 2, 2013

Love walnuts. I eat the black walnut which is harder to find but I love the bitter earthy taste and it is supposed to be higher in minerals than the regular. I eat three small pinches of these every night and fall right off to sleep. I have not gained any weight from eating late. I think that is a misunderstanding of how weight loss and gain works. it only matters how many calories are consumed and burned regardless of the time. At least in my experience.

6:32AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Walnut has always being citied as a wonderful food that is good for the brains!
My two baby parrots always loves walnuts, no wonder they are always so brainy and trying their means and ways to be the superpowers of the household! =)

3:48AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Let me count the ways...of how much I love the resplendent and tasty walnut!

9:45AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

thanks

2:18PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thanks, I put walnuts in everthing.

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