More Benefits found in Walnuts
There is more recent news on the value of walnuts to protect again Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study at the NY State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities demonstrated mice were better able to learn, had less anxiety, and showed improved motor skills.
Walnuts in our diets apparently alleviate a portion of the effects caused by the amyloid proteins in the brain. The amyloid plaque build-up found in the brain of Alzheimer’s victims is thought to be responsible for the deterioration of the memory and mind.
Anti Oxidants and Omega 3
As we mentioned in the article Top Foods for a Healthy Brain, walnuts are high in anti-oxidants, melatonin and omega-3’s. The anti oxidants contained are unique though, not easily found in other foods, but considered the most powerful and effective. Besides that, they contain high amounts of vitamin E, which is known to promote a healthy brain. Any fats contained are considered healthy fats.
An ounce a day has been recommended. I’ve also read a handful a day. That’s easy to fit into a salad, a bowl of oatmeal, or to eat as a snack. That also makes it an easy preventative measure worth trying out.
Benefits throughout the Body
Other benefits are widespread, as you can read below. The benefits will nearly always say they “may” help, but won’t always. Still, unless you have issues that may prevent eating walnuts, they seem worthwhile to include in your diet. Certain diseases or infections, such as herpes, may reoccur as a result. So always be sure to check with your doctor if you have any conditions.
- Cancer fighting properties, especially in prostate and breast cancer.
- Shown to be beneficial to those with heart disease.
- Anti-inflamatory properties may reduce blood clots.
- Decrease cardiovascular risk.
- Increases blood flow which aids in heart and brain health.
- Aids in maintaining good cholesterol levels.
- May help prevent damage caused by chemicals in the liver.
- May aid in weight control.
- May improve sperm quality.