Packed with an abundance of health benefits these little nuts are also very tasty. Whether you mix some in with your salad, desserts, or just eat them solo, walnuts will provide you with so many advantages that it would be a shame not to take advantage of it!

 

One of the main health benefits of walnuts is the omega 3-fatty acids. There is 94.5% of a daily value of omega 3-fatty acids in just a quarter cup of walnuts. Omega 3-fatty acids encourage better blood circulation. This in turn allows your blood pressure to be at a normal rate. Regulating your blood pressure can decrease your risk for any cardiovascular problems.

 

According to “The World’s Healthiest Foods” website, your heart needs to have four different aspects in order to function properly. These functions are the ample presence of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, proper blood composition, correct balance of inflammation-regulating molecules, and the proper composition and flexibility in the blood vessel wall. Walnuts have been found to help in all four of these healthy heart categories. Vitamin E, another component found in walnuts, also provides an ample amount of protection against heart problems. Specifically it is the gamma-tocopherol form of the vitamin E in walnuts that accomplish this.

 

People with type 2 Diabetes can also benefit from a daily serving of walnuts. Those with type 2 Diabetes are more prone to cardiovascular problems so eating some each day can minimize any risk. Researchers have also stated that just seven walnuts a day are needed in order for you to be seeing the health benefits.

 

According to Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania just a handful of walnuts contain almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other nut. Anti-inflammatory properties found in walnuts help lower the risk of chronic inflammation in the body. This can help your body’s bones be stronger and more stable.

 

One last important fact about the walnut is that 90% of the phenols are found in the whitish, skin on the walnuts. The skin also includes phenolic acids, tannins and flavonoids. As shown with cocoa nibs, flavonoids are a strong antioxidant and help to keep your arteries clear.

 

Keep your heart and body healthy and add some walnuts to your meals. They are included in our An Ox (ANti OXidant) and Harvest Festival muesli.

 

Sources:

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/03/28/7-walnuts-a-day-deliver-health-benefits/UPI-93441301365744/

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=99

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