Walnuts are derived from the walnut tree. They are the edible seeds of the tree. Although they are not native to this part of the world, they are imported into the country.
- They promote a healthy heart due to their monounsaturated fatty acids content, like oleic acid. Its content of other Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) like linoleic, arachidonic and alpha linoleic acids helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol in the body.
They are sometimes called “brain food.” First, the surface of the nut has an appearance like that of the brain but most importantly, the omega-3 fatty acids contained in them does increase brain activity. Omega-3, along with iodine and selenium ensure optimum functioning of the brain. Furthermore, the Omega-3 in it an also lift the mood.
It improves metabolism in the body as minerals like potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium and others help contribute to metabolic activities like sperm generation, digestion, growth and development.
- Prevents growth of cancerous cells in the body and can help improve bone health.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties and can control diabetes.
- Walnut oil has astringent properties and is also used in cooking.