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Friday, March 11, 2016
Best suited for heart problems
According to a research conducted recently, eating a handful or about 4-5 walnuts a day can really do wonders with heart problems. Yes, that’s right! Consuming walnuts everyday will help the body to prevent several heart problems in addition to reducing cholesterol.
Dr. Penny Kris Eterton, a professor of nutrition at the Penn State University, Pennsylvania also suggests that consuming walnuts or walnut oil at least thrice a week can significantly improve the cardiac health. This will also keep the body free from future heart problems. According to this study, the daily required amount of walnuts is around (51g) i.e, about a handful or 4-5 walnuts to be precise. Some other studies conducted on walnuts for heart health have revealed that it also decreases the risk of sudden death due to abnormal heart rhythms.
Walnuts also help to lower the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol. They also strengthen the endothelial cells, which line the blood vessels which thereby facilitate proper blood circulation. The walls of the heart are also protected and heart rate is also normalized by eating walnuts. Apart from this, the research also suggests that walnuts can improve the blood flow and make the blood vessels more flexible.
Complete package of nutrients
Walnuts contain Proteins, Minerals like Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium; Vitamins B, E, Tocopherols, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, Flavenoids, antioxidants and lots of other nutrients which made it a super food. Most nutritionists say that the health starts improving within 4 hours after consuming this wonder nut. The Vitamin B and antioxidants present in this nut are great to keep skin problems such as acne, wrinkles, etc. at bay. It also prevents skin aging and makes the skin flawless. This nut is a great source of folate and fatty acids which is required by women during pregnancy. These nutrients enhance the gut development in the fetus and also strengthens the immune system of the baby.
Great for weight loss
Walnuts are excellent for any weight loss program. Though they are dense in calories, they provide satiety which is undoubtedly the most important requirement for any weight loss regime or diet. Eating walnuts regularly for about three months can also significantly improve Type 2 Diabetes in adults and also improve their metabolic parameters.
The vitamin E, folate, melatonin contents in walnuts help with brain development. This brain food is known to enhance the reasoning capacity of the brain. The melatonin contents in walnuts enhances the melatonin levels already present in the body, thereby inducing sleep. Most people suffering from insomnia have found great relief after including walnuts in their meals. Walnuts are also known to be great stress busters. Munching walnuts for snacks can actually help to fight stress.
Consuming walnuts on a daily basis has also proved to reduce the risk of prostate, pancreatic as well as breast cancer. The highly powerful antioxidants in walnuts make it an anti cancer food. All in all, walnuts are one of the greatest foods of all, which have so many health benefits, the most important one being cardiac health. So, eat a handful of walnuts, for a healthy heart!