Walnuts primarily originated in Persia. Walnuts are as old as Greek mythology and Roman history. The medicinal virtues of walnut are explained briefly in many Greek and Roman medical writings. They are classified as one of the important ingredients in the Mediterranean diet. Walnuts have long been considered healthy for overall wellbeing.
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Walnuts belong to the calorie-dense nuts category. Though these nuts top the food pyramid, they are certainly one of the important requisites of a healthy diet. Walnuts are one of the nutritionally brimming superfoods with a significant amount of healthy fats. These healthy fats may improve brain health, cardiac health and reduce the risk of diseases caused due to free radicals. According to researcher Joe Vinson “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as many antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut’’. Walnuts sure pack a punch. Besides being a good source of quality protein, they deliver fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, carotenoids, vitamin E, and folate. The sturdy walnut shell represents the human skull whereas, the inside seed kernels/nut seed resembles the brain. The early Romans thought that walnuts looked like testicles and suggested their use as an aphrodisiac.
Consumption trends in walnuts are continuously on an upscale after multiple articles have revealed the benefits of walnuts. Consumers today are far more knowledge-seeking and tend to gain information from reliable sources. Overall, these small serving size kernels pack in high nutritional benefits.
Wondering what’s so wonderful about the walnuts?
Let us decode some of the health benefits of the walnut.
- Walnuts are superfoods for improving cognitive function and brain health.
- Fatty acids present in walnuts are known to improve sperm health in males.
- Walnuts have potent antioxidant power to ward off cancers.
- Walnuts may also help lower blood pressure.
- They are known to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and increase good (HDL) cholesterol.
- They also lower the chances of a blood clot (platelet aggregation) and can prevent heart attack.
- Walnuts are known to reduce inflammation.
- They can also regulate the sleep/wake cycle and body’s rhythm.
- Walnuts promote a healthy gut.
- They may also lower the risk of diabetes and help manage type 2 diabetes.
- Walnuts are exceptionally nutritious and a powerhouse of energy.
The health dialogue influenced by nutritionists and wellness experts confirms these major health benefits by including at least 15 gm of nuts daily as part of a healthy routine.
These potential health benefits of Walnuts are testimony to the fact that they can be a prospective game-changer on the health front. They can be an ideal solution to modern-day metabolic & systemic disorders with lesser dependency on pills for maintenance of good health.
Consumer perception of the beneficial aspects of walnuts has changed drastically in the last 5-10 years. And this has led to a steep spike in the consumption trend of walnuts over the last decade. With the increasing awareness about the nutritional health benefits that walnuts have to offer, it will continue to make them a popular and ideal choice even in the years to come.
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