August 24, 2015

Health Properties of Walnuts

Walnut is an ancient tree that has long been appreciated for its nutritious fruit, which served as food and as medicine

Walnut wood is used in the construction of furniture and building construction.

Today walnut is widely cultivated throughout the world, and it is assumed that the number of today kinds of walnuts is around 20th.


Nutritional Value of Walnuts

 


While young, the fruit of a nut is with green paint crust in which is housed the woody shell in which interior is the nucleus.

Walnut fruit (kernel) contains a lot of calories, but also plenty of nutrients. 


 Walnut fruit (kernel) contains a lot of calories, but also plenty of nutrients. Proteins are in the highest representation in walnut. From other healthy nutrients in walnut are present B group vitamins, vitamin E, minerals - magnesium, selenium, calcium. The fruit of the walnut is rich in vegetable fiber and antioxidants, so it is recommended to eat at least 7 whole walnuts, to obtain health benefits of nuts.

Proteins are in the highest representation in walnut. From other healthy nutrients in walnut are present B group vitamins, vitamin E, minerals - magnesium, selenium, calcium. 

The fruit of the walnut is rich in vegetable fiber and antioxidants, so it is recommended to eat at least 7 whole walnuts, to obtain their health benefits.

What are the Health Benefits of Walnuts?


1. Walnut is food for brain 



Since the brain is composed largely of fat (60%), and it is known that nuts have unsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid, with a large approval it recommends eating walnuts in order to preserve brain function




2. Protector of the heart



Walnut is a natural food for the heart. It lowering the level of bad cholesterol in the blood and prevents blood vessel damage caused by free radicals. 


This can be attributed to the presence of antioxidants in nuts, especially vitamin E, which is useful in preserving the health of the heart and blood vessels. 

Presence of vitamin E in nuts also slows the aging process in humans.
 


3. Walnut prevents the formation of gallstones



The presence of unsaturated fatty acids has a positive effect on digestion and the excretion of bile acids. On this way it can be prevented occurrence of gallstones. It is enough to regularly consume nuts and the possibility of gallstones will be minimal.




4. Walnuts protect bones



Due to the high content of calcium and magnesium in nuts one can say that the walnut is the ideal food for the preservation of bones. They also contribute to the formation of collagen and prevent bone demineralization.



5. Walnuts act against insomnia and for the better mood



Walnuts affect the secretion of melatonin, which significantly improves mood and relieves insomnia.




6. Anticancer activity of walnuts



Since it contains a large amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances; walnut has a measurable preventive effect against the formation of malignant changes.