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How Walnuts Can Boost Fertility and 17 Other Healthy Reasons

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Walnuts promote brain, bone and skin health. They are high in protein, vitamin B6, omega 3 fatty acids, trace minerals, folate, thiamin, lecithin and oils. They decrease cholesterol levels. They strengthen hair follicles, avoid hair loss and act as a natural anti-dandruff agent. They prevent breast and prostate cancer. They improve sleep and act as an immunity booster.

Walnut is an edible kernel of the fruit from trees belonging to Juglandaceae family, in the genus: Juglan. Apart from walnuts, this tree nut family includes Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts (filberts), macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, and pistachios.

Black and white walnuts are native to North America, specifically the Central Mississippi Valley and Appalachian area. They played an important role in the diets and lifestyles of both the Native American Indians and the early colonial settlers. It is thought that the walnuts grown in North America gained the moniker “English walnuts,” since they were introduced into America via English merchant ships.

Eat It Raw And Eat It Whole

The walnut seed has a number of health benefits ranging from weight management to prevention, slowing down various cancers and sharpening our brain functions.

Growing research is lending credence to the nutritional benefits of walnuts when consumed in whole form, including the skin. The skin might be a bit bitter but it is super rich in phenols. Most of the vital and rare nutrients like key phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids, lay buried within the skin, so don’t peal your walnuts. Along with its great taste, Walnuts provide a rich dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and the elusive omega-3 fatty acids.  The human brain is made up of about 60% “structural fat” and needs high quality fats like omega-3 fatty acids to function properly, making walnuts the ultimate brain food.

Top 17 Health Benefits Of Walnuts

  1. Brain Food: ALA, an omega 3 acid, promotes brain health, improves memory and cognitive function. Walnut is an effective food in fighting depression.
  2. Highly Nutritional: Walnuts are high in protein, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, trace minerals, lecithin and oils. Fats in walnuts are primarily polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and contain the vital alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They have insignificant amounts of sodium and are cholesterol free.
  3. Vitamins and Minerals store: Walnut contains a large amount of vitamins B6, plenty of folate and thiamin and useful quantity of vitamin E in the form of tocopherol. Walnut is a rich source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
  4. Omega 3 Store: Omega 3 and Omega 6 are two essential fatty acids required by our body for cell growth, immune function, blood clotting, and disease prevention. Walnuts contain a precursor Omega-3, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts to EPA and DHA, two critical Omega-3 fatty acids.
  5. Cholesterol Buster: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is associated with high total cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol levels. Walnut, due to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids in it, decreases cholesterol levels sufficient to lower risk of CHD. Walnuts Lower Risks:
  6. Hair Care: Walnut oil has good sources of biotin (vitamin B7), potassium, Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. These strengthen the hair follicles, avoiding balding issues and act as a natural anti-dandruff agent. Its anti-fungal properties keep infections, triggered by ringworm, at bay.
  7. Skin Care: B-vitamins, together with Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, helps in fighting the free radicals induced due to stress, and delaying the onset of wrinkles. Walnut oil helps keep the skin moisturized, lightens dark circles, eases puffiness and relaxes your eyes.
  8. For Pregnancy: Walnuts contains healthy Vitamin B Complex groups present in them like folates, riboflavin, thiamin and more. These are necessary for a pregnant woman and the fetus. Walnuts also stave off nausea during pregnancy and boost brain development in the child.
  9. Prevents Cancer: Walnuts contain multiple ingredients that, individually, have been shown to slow cancer  (breast and prostate cancer) growth, including omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytosterols. Beta-sitosterol (a phytosterol), in combination with gama-tocopherol (vitamin E), has proven to inhibit cancer cell growth.
  10. Fights Type 2 Diabetes: Recent studies have proved that more servings of walnuts, per week, decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes in US women, by almost 15 to 21%.
  11. Weight Management: Walnut contains omega3 fats, protein and fiber that help provide satiety. Although high in fats and concentrated in calories, the fats in walnuts are healthy fats.
  12. Improves Sperm Count: Being a rich source of a-linolenic acid, a natural plant source of omega-3, eating about 75g of walnut daily could help improve sperm quality, sperm vitality, motility, and morphology.
  13. For Bone Health: Walnuts’ alpha linolenic acid and its compounds strengthen the bones. Also Omega 3 fatty acids, reduce inflammation, decreasing bones degeneration.
  14. For Healthy Digestive System: Walnuts are rich in fiber and they are a great way to keep your digestive and waste elimination systems functioning right.
  15. Improves Sleep: The body’s pineal gland produces the hormone melatonin that induces sleep and helps regulate sleep. This hormone is found in walnuts, making walnuts a great evening or bedtime snack for improving your sleep.
  16. Immunity Booster: Provides defense against eczema, psoriasis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. But most notably, the photochemical ellegic acid helps support the immune system, by preventing cancer cells from reproducing.
  17. Blood Vessel Health:Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent erratic heart rhythms, reduce clotting, and impact plaque accumulation in blood vessels. The essential amino acid, l-argnine, helps blood vessels relax and remain smooth, improving the elasticity of the blood vessel, reducing occurrences of heart disease and strokes.

Walnuts are wonderfully versatile nuts – add it to salads for a nutty crunch, or make a coating for poultry and fish or make a creamy sauce or use it in the sweet dish of your choice. Or just eat it raw and keep healthy!!

Ashley Mathieu

Ashley Mathieu is a holistic nutritionist, dedicated yogi and an avid blogger. She is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, yoga and holistic wellness.

Ashley Mathieu

Ashley Mathieu is a holistic nutritionist, dedicated yogi and an avid blogger. She is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, yoga and holistic wellness.

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OliveHarrison
OliveHarrison 5pts

I would like to find out how to can or preserve walnuts?

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Nicole Guy
Nicole Guy 5pts

How many walnuts a day? I eat almonds & Brazil nuts too but what is optimism quantity for these nuts?

Sadhana Tiwari
Sadhana Tiwari 5pts

YES , CERTAINLY. But they also said that it turns the product, er ... ' granular . '

Sadhana Tiwari
Sadhana Tiwari 5pts

I agree with you. But I have a suggestion . Why don't you take Walnuts and get a Semen Examination done , if only to prove them wrong . If you are proved wrong , you stand to gain .. RIGHT ?

Ron Wareham
Ron Wareham 5pts

Hey great this old man better get some haha

Patsy King
Patsy King 5pts

Ok men don't corner the market we still have holiday baking to do

Simon Read
Simon Read 5pts

Why is it that all these health pages that try to convince us that wat they are saying ........they all say .......it could help ............if they could just be honest and say ..........the facts speak for themselves. .....but the truth is there still guessing. ..........put up the truth about foods and products.........end of rant.......

Hiren Dave
Hiren Dave 5pts

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Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor 5pts

now you know wgy im eating walnuts every day

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Barry Anderson
Barry Anderson 5pts

Walnuts support good brain health as well . Holistic chef Barry

Amin Khan
Amin Khan 5pts

Brain booster. Full of omega 3 fatty acid,for blood pressure it' s miracle dry fruit.

Brandi Cobb
Brandi Cobb 5pts

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Elefteria Saridakis Stathorakis
Elefteria Saridakis Stathorakis 5pts

We love them eat everyday with fruit make our baklava and they are good for us the brain nuts and we eat them with honey try them

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Dipak Maradia 5pts

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Diane Walker-Jones
Diane Walker-Jones 5pts

Tay, how are you doing now? Just thinkin' about you and wondering.

Irma Velazquez
Irma Velazquez 5pts

Sean Michael good people find cures by looking for it. Stay healthy! :-) :-) :-)