Walnuts are one of a kind, super food that contains many beneficial nutritional components. Incorporating walnuts and a variety of other tree nuts into your daily routine not only adds flavour and texture it can boost your overall wellbeing.
The omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in walnuts make them the perfect food to help with memory enhancement and cognitive functioning. Out of the entire tree nut family walnuts have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants. Which means these tiny nuts can help prevent the growth of certain types of cancers. The monounsaturated fats in walnuts help keep your heart strong. The nutrients in walnuts help lower bad cholesterol and raise your good cholesterol.
Being a rich source of phyto-chemicals, including melatonin, ellagic acid, poly-phenolic compounds, and carotenoids, the anti-oxidant properties of walnuts help your body fight against inflammation, neurological disease, premature aging, and cancers. The high density of polyphonolic antioxidants in walnuts makes them super-scavengers of free radicals throughout your whole body.
If you do decide to add walnuts to your diet, be selective. For whole walnuts, choose ones in shells that feel heavy for their size. These shells should have no cracks, holes or stains, which may indicate harmful mold. Choose nuts that are not rubbery or shriveled. Since walnuts have a high polyunsaturated fat content, they are extremely perishable. Store shelled walnuts in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to six months or in the freezer for one year. Ideally, unshelled walnuts should be stored in the fridge. However, they can be safely stored in a cool, dry, dark place for up to six months.
From the Panel of Well at Heart e-Health Magazine App
– By Ms. Pariksha Rao
M Sc in Advanced Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition (Delhi University).
Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Behaviour Science
Senior Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach
Mindfulness Expert – Diabetes (UK)
International Diabetes Federation certified Diabetes Educator.