While there is no one food that is a cure for everything, there are some foods that do offer some great health benefits. One of these healthy foods is walnuts. Yup. There are tons of health benefits to eating them. It’s even been found that walnuts reduce breast cancer risk. Let’s break down all the other great benefits you could reap by adding them to your diet.
Walnut Health Benefits
Walnuts Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
This is not pseudoscience. A recent study by Marshall University of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, ran tests on mice. These mice were bred to develop breast cancer. Findings concluded that mice who were fed a daily diet of walnuts had fewer breast tumors, and when they did get them, they were smaller. Researchers hypothesized that this was due to the high Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytosteros content of walnuts.
Walnuts Reduce Heart Disease Risk
Because walnuts have a high l-arginine content (an amino acid that offers vascular benefits), adding them to your diet may decrease your risk of heart disease. They also contain an Omega-3 fatty acid called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). It acts as an anti-inflammatory which could prevent blood clots from forming and therefore could lower your risk of a sudden heart attack.
Walnuts Reduce Cholesterol
Studies have shown that if you eat just 4 walnuts daily, you can raise your ALA levels and in turn stabilize your healthy cholesterol levels.
Because walnuts are packed with neuroprotective compounds (vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants), eating walnut could help your brain health and reasoning.
NOTE: Eat the skin. Yeah, we know it’s bitter, but all those antioxidants we spoke about are on the skin.
Other Reasons to Eat Walnuts
Walnuts are a great snack. Instead of reaching for cookies or chips, grab a bunch of walnuts. They’ll cure your hunger and they digest slower so you won’t feel hungry again so quickly.
Healthy Walnut Recipes
Chef Patrick Long’s Indian Chicken Salad Sandwich
Chef Robert Daugherty’s Rosemary and Chipotle Roasted Nuts
Coffee Walnut Toffee Recipe
Chicken Walnut Curry Salad Recipe