Nuts have had a bad reputation for many years. As the fat free craze took hold a few years ago, anything containing fat was demonized and nuts were no exception. Thankfully, we now live in a different world – a world where healthy fat is embraced in many forms and nuts have once again become a pantry staple in many households.
I love nuts in all forms but one of my favourites is walnuts. Rich in healthy fats, vitamins and minerals walnuts boost incredible health, brain and beauty benefits. As a rich plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids walnuts are known to help to decrease LDL cholesterol levels in the body and may help to reduce the risk of prostrate and breast cancer. With a high concentration of the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA , walnuts can help to improve cognitive brain function in adults and help to prevent cognitive decline. Research has also shown that walnuts help to increase inferential reasoning in young adults. Filled with stress fighting properties, these powerhouse nuts are packed with fibre, antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids.
Anti-inflammatory in nature, walnuts are a great source of selenium which helps to treat existing skin damage as well as protecting the skin from UV exposure. Helpful in treating inflamed skin conditions by oxygenating the blood and boosting circulation so nutrients are circulated well. By combating free radicals in the body, walnuts can also help to control how fast you age.
Walnuts are a great addition to your diet as there are benefits for everyone. Just be mindful of your serving size – a handful a day is more then enough to considerably boost your antioxidant intake. What is your favourite way to include walnuts in your diet – let me know in the comments below.
I hope that you have a great day!