Nov 16, 2014
Walnuts are full of healthy fats, antioxidants, protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins.
You only need a quarter cup of walnuts a day for their health benefits. Walnuts reduce the risk developing cancer, particularly, breast cancer and prostate cancer. In a study conducted on mice, two handfuls of walnuts (the human equivalent!) cut breast cancer risks in half and slowed tumor growth by 50% .
The amino acid l-arginine in walnuts benefits anyone with heart disease, or those who are at risk for developing heart disease. Walnuts also contain omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an anti-inflammatory and can prevent the formation of pathological blood clots. Eating a diet rich in ALA, may reduce your risk of having a fatal heart attack.
Walnuts contain unique and powerful antioxidants available only in a few common foods. These antioxidants can fight damage caused by free radicals and may also prevent liver damage.
When you’re eating your walnuts, don’t discard their bitter outer skin. That’s where 90% of a walnut’s antioxidants are found!
When buying walnuts, look for organic raw nuts. Walnuts are perishable, so you should store them in the freezer in an airtight container. Walnuts do contain phytic acid, indigestible by humans. To further enhance their health benefits, soak walnuts overnight in water. To crisp them up again, heat them up in a 100 degree Fahrenheit oven.
Source: Leanne Ely