8 Proven Health Benefits of Walnuts
The star of the show today is Walnuts, and for good reason. Read on to learn about why...
We all know walnuts are incredibly nutritious, but as it turns out, they're even more powerful than we thought. Science has backed 8 proven benefits of eating walnuts and incorporating them into our every day diets.
8 Proven Health Benefits of Walnuts:
1.) Rich in antioxidants- They have the highest antioxidant count of any other nut, and work to reduce oxidative damage in the body caused by LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)
2.) Heart healthy- Walnuts are a great plant-based form of omega-3's (alpha-linolenic acids or ALA's) which help to lower the risk of heart disease
3.) Help to fight depression- Omega-3 fats in walnuts allow the movement of "feel good" neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine) to flow in and out of cells, which affects our mood regulation.
4.) Support cognitive function and brain health- Omega-3 fatty acids help to preserve memory, and Vitamin E and polyphenols help to reduce inflammation and oxidative damage in the brain... (There is a reason walnuts look like little brains!)
5.) Improve reproductive health- Full of nutrient rich essential minerals (protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and potassium) that are crucial for reproductive health and growth, and they also promote sperm health and male fertility.
6.) Support weight control- Contain essential nutrients and compounds that help to control appetite and burn belly fat
7.) Decrease Inflammation- Polyphenols in walnuts help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation (the root cause of many chronic diseases)
8.) Promotes a healthy gut- Walnuts work to support microbiota, and promote an increase in bacteria that produce butyrate (a fat that nourishes your gut and promotes gut health)