Thursday, September 25, 2014

6 Benefits Of Walnuts Added To Your Diet

Recently, I shared my Gluten Free Puppy Chow,in which, I added walnuts to the recipe. While everyone boasts the power of almonds, I want to share with you the 6 benefits of walnuts.

Why are walnuts considered a super food?

Perhaps the most effective super foods, walnuts, can play a remarkable role in improving one's health.

Walnuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acid and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega 3 are considered absolutely essential, and can only be only be obtained by consumption of certain kinds of foods.

Walnuts are a good source of protein and dietary fiber.

Walnuts are loaded with folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and thiamine.

6 reasons why walnuts are beneficial

Helps you sleep

Walnuts contain the hormone melatonin. Melatonin helps induce and regulate sleep. This makes for a great evening snack.

Beneficial for pregnancy

Mothers-to-be who eat a diet rich in fatty aids, such as those found in walnuts, can reduce the baby's chances of developing food allergies, researchers claim. The research found that if a mother's diet contains a certain group of polyunsaturated fatty acids, the baby's gut develops differently. The polyunsaturated fatty acids are thought to improve how the gut immune cells respond to bacteria and foreign substances, making the baby less likely to suffer from allergies.

Great for your hair

These nuts are a great "good hair" food. This is because walnuts contain biotin (vitaminB7) which helps to strengthen hair, reduce hair fall out, and improve hair growth.

Helps with weight control

Adding healthful amounts of walnuts to your diet can help you to maintain your ideal weight over time. Those whose diets included extra nuts, lost about 1.4 extra pounds and half an inch from their waists. Eating walnuts is also associated with increased satiety after just three days.

Good for your heart health

Walnuts contain the amino acid I-arginine, which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease, or those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors.
Omega-3 fatty acids, help in combating bad cholesterol and encourages the production of good cholesterol making it a good snack to keep your heart in good health.

Makes your skin glow

Walnuts are rich in B-vitamins and anti-oxidants which prevents your skin from free radicals and prevents wrinkles and the signs of ageing.

Recipes that include walnuts

In conclusion

Walnuts are a rich source of energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, anti-oxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

Please leave us with some of your healthy walnut recipes in the comments below. 

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