By Gary, on September 29th, 2012
There are over 30 varieties of walnuts, but we see only a few of them in the United States. It doesn’t matter which variety you prefer because ALL walnuts are rich in nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. In fact they could be deemed essential to optimal health. Walnuts are arguably the nut with the highest nutritional value.
There are many resources for how to grow them.
Walnuts are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids which reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and improve good cholesterol (HDL). This reduces the possibility of artery disease and strokes. Eating just about 25 grams a day will give 90% of the recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids. 25 grams of walnuts is just under 1/4 cup of walnut pieces. Besides the reduction of artery disease and strokes, walnuts can also help lower blood pressure and breast, colon and prostate cancers.
Walnuts are also a great source of anti-oxidants which include vitamin E, melatonin, carotenoids, ellagic acid and poly-phenolic compounds. These have effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
That is not all. Walnuts are packed full of B-complex vitamins: riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates. Walnuts are a rich source for minerals such as: manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium, which are very beneficial and necessary for healthy bodies.
Walnuts can be and are used in many ways and in many recipes.
If you are not allergic to them and you enjoy eating them, grab a handful of walnuts a day and enjoy the health benefits they can offer to you.