Health Benefits of Walnuts

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Walnuts are edible seeds with a hard, rough and round shell. There are different species but they basically have the same health benefits.

Walnut has been scientifically proven to have the following health benefits

  • Helps brain functioning

The presence of the fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in walnuts helps to improve the cognitive and memory functioning of the brain

  • Supports male reproductive system

The essential nutrients in walnuts help improve the sperm vitality and motility. Eating walnuts would help reduce abnormalities in sperm morphology.

  • Source of good antioxidants

Walnuts contain essential nutrients that fight diseases in our body. They contain a high level of antioxidants which help to prevent oxidative damage to cells of the body. Also antioxidants take care of the bad cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) and so reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and cancers.

  • Helps weight reduction

Are you gaining excess weight? You need to make walnuts part of your daily food regimen. Walnuts have been found to help metabolism of foods. This is because walnuts have high fibre content which helps digestion. Obese patients would find walnuts important in their weight management.

  • Is an immune booster

Antioxidants are critical to the immune system functioning; also a healthy gut. We have mentioned above that walnuts are good source of antioxidants. Walnuts keep the gut healthy by way of improving digestion.

  • Prevents heart disease

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are the two essential fatty acids necessary for healthy heart. Essential fatty acids are those fatty acids you can only source from food. The risk of cardiovascular heart disease can be greatly reduced by adequate consumption of walnuts.

  • Source of minerals and vitamins like biotin, Vitamin E and B7, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Sodium, vitamin C and water.
  • Nourishes the skin, hair and nails

The vitamins found in walnuts which include vitamin B7, biotin and vitamin E are all important in skin, hair and nail growth and lustre.

Are there risks in consuming walnuts?
Yes, moderation is the key whenever it comes to edible foods. Too much of walnuts may not be good for your body.

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