The walnut is a deciduous tree that can grow to 300 years old and is native to Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia. The tree can grow to 10 – 40 m (30-130ft). The leaves have a strong, characteristic smell, while the fruits are green globe-like fleshy drupes.
Family: Walnut is a member of the tree nut family which also includes; cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia, pecans, pistachios…
Edible Parts: Fruits (nuts)
Daily Consumption: 3-5 nuts per day
Health Benefits of Walnut:
- Good source of all important omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids has a lot of health benefits ranging from cardiovascular protection, better mental function, anti-inflammatory benefits in asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory diseases like eczema and psoriasis.
- Contain ellagic acids, which stimulates enzymes that detoxify carcinogens.
- In Chinese medicine, walnuts are primarily considered to be a kidney tonic.
- Has a mild laxative effect; it is beneficial in cases of constipation.
- Have always been used to promote physical and mental strength.
- Recommended for patients with liver ailments.
- Eating walnuts after a meal that is high in unhealthy fats can reduce the damaging effects of such fats on the blood vessels.
- Can help break down amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients. They may also reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.
- Helps improve body’s metabolism.
Nutrient Content of Walnut: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin A: 30 I.U.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .48 mg.
- Niacin: 1.2 mg.
- Vitamin C: 3 mg.
- Calcium: 83 mg.
- Iron: 2.1 mg.
- Phosphorus: 380 mg.
- Potassium: 225 mg.
- Fat: 64.4 gm.
- Carbohydrates: 15.6 gm.
- Protein: 15.0 gm.
- Calories: 654
Characteristic and Uses of Walnut Oil: Medium yellow to brown color; with rich nutty flavor. It is used for flavoring cooked dishes and in salad dressing. Use in small amounts.
Side Effects of Walnut: Walnuts are generally recognized as safe when used as food, but high dosages should be avoided, due to their unproven safety and efficacy. Walnut should not be used by people who are allergic to nut.
“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @ 23:07”