The Many Benefits of the Wonderful Walnut

Eating walnuts is very heart healthy and promotes liver function. (Image via secretchina.com)
Eating walnuts is very heart-healthy and promotes liver function. (Image via secretchina.com)

Walnuts are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, and eating them regularly does not negatively impact your blood sugar or lipid level. Actually, eating walnuts impedes the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Patients with high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, or coronary heart disease should eat them often. The high fiber content of walnut aids in digestion, and the argnine, anti-oxidant properties, and alpha-linolenic acid in walnuts are very heart-healthy.

A Yale University study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that overweight adults can help protect themselves from Type 2 diabetes and heart disease by adding walnuts to their diets. Scientists assigned 46 overweight participants between 30 and 75 years of age to two groups. The only difference in their diets was that one group ate walnuts while the other did not. At the end of the experiment, the group that ate walnuts showed improved endothelial functions and stopped gaining weight.

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Eating walnuts impedes the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and may reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. (Image: NOIX (FERNOR)-5-cliche Jean Weber)

The benefits of walnuts also include:

1. Anti-aging

The vitamin E found in walnuts can help contain free radicals from unwanted reactions that result in cell damage and aging. Walnuts can also smoothen one’s skin. The elderly or people with unwanted wrinkles should eat them often.

2. Kidney-nourishing

The kidneys area vital organs for good health. From 9 p.m. to midnight every evening is the kidney’s weakest period, and is a key time to nourish it. Eating walnuts at night can keep the kidneys warm and provide them with energy.

3. Sleep-inducing

High blood pressure, dizziness, dim eyesight, and a lack of strength may seem to be unrelated symptoms, but they may come from one common source — the lack of quality sleep. Sleeping well is the basis of good health. Eating walnuts at night can help you sleep, as they contain melatonin, which can regulate sleep.

4. Brain-strengthening

The zinc and manganese found in walnuts are essential nutrients for the pituitary gland in the brain. The Chinese believe in “look alike, serve alike.” Doesn’t the walnut look just like a brain? Giving walnuts to young children and seniors is the easiest way to strengthen their brains.

Translated by: Cecilia

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