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The Many Health Benefits of Walnuts

Updated on May 29, 2014

What Are They?

When it comes to plant based protein, walnuts are considered to be among the absolute best. This natural food has numerous health benefits due to the complex array of vitamins and minerals contained within them. The consumption of this nut in modern studies has proven to be beneficial in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risks of inflammation and heart disease. These benefits are just some among many. Not only are walnuts great tasting but having just a handful a day can boost your body's intake of quality nutrition. Let's go over some more health benefits walnuts provide and how they can improve our well being.

Nature's Nutrition

Walnuts feature a vast array of health benefits and can be easily incorporated into diets.
Walnuts feature a vast array of health benefits and can be easily incorporated into diets. | Source

Walnut Nutrients

The nutrition in walnuts is plentiful including fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants, omega-3s, protein, and B vitamins. Walnuts can make a great addition to your diet and provide your body with the health benefits associated with these important nutrients. They are a great source of protein for vegetarians as well.

Rich Source Of Omega-3s

Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Our bodies are not able to produce these nutrients so it is important we have access to them from our diet. Omega-3s are important in helping to prevent heart disease and other illnesses. They also play a role in improving digestive health and can even improve the appearance of your skin. This nutrient has also been shown to enhance cognitive abilities and is considered one of the best brain nutrients. This is because our brains are made up of over 60% structural fat. The omega-3s are the perfect component in improving the health and functioning of our brains.

Can Help You Keep A Healthy Weight

Another nutrient in walnuts that is so great for us is fiber. This ingredient is essential for healthy digestion and helps keep weight under control. It can keep you fuller between meals as well when eaten as a quick snack.

Top Choice

Walnuts are an appealing dietary choice for their natural and nutritional qualities.
Walnuts are an appealing dietary choice for their natural and nutritional qualities. | Source

Enhance Physical Appearance

Almonds contain B vitamins which can help improve the texture of your skin, nails, and hair. Almond oil is used in certain cosmetics for these reasons. When looking for easy and unique ways to treat your physical appearance, turn to nature for real results.

Ways To Include In Your Diet

Walnuts can make a great topping for salads as a meat replacement. You can eat them as a snack between meals which makes them excellent for those trying to lose weight. Also try adding some in oatmeal for extra protein and nutrients.

Eat Smart

Walnuts and other healthy nuts sometimes get a bad rap because of the higher than average fat content compared to other natural foods. The key is moderation, modern studies are showing having just a handful of nuts a day can supply your body with great health benefits. The nutrients found in walnuts will boost your digestive health, improve cognitive functions, help keep waistlines in check, and improve your quality of life. Replace anything you think might be unhealthy with your diet with walnuts. See if they can become a normal inclusion and enjoy their rewards. Thank you for reading. If you are interested in learning more about other natural foods, please visit my profile or the links below.

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    Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

    Yes,handful walnut a day is very healthy and nutritious. Thanks for sharing it.

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    James Bowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

    I like nuts as well and know that next to fish walnuts have a very high amount of the Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential in lowering the risk of heart disease.

    Jl

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    Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

    Great info. I was just reading an article about walnuts. They are so good for you! Thanks for sharing all the info...Voted up so someone else can benefit from this info.

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    Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

    Hub hopping...voted up again...LOL.

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    iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

    Voted up and sharing with my boyfriend who will find this useful :)

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thank you everyone for getting use out of this hub and for sharing and voting up. Very appreciated.

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    eye say 5 years ago from Canada

    awesome!

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    Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

    Humm, I eat walnuts all the time at work, because we always have them on hand in the pantry, and I did not know they were so good for me!

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Just remember moderation and you're all set

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    Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

    I love walnuts but limit myself to using them as a topping for oatmeal or salads because otherwise I eat far too many.

    Voted up, useful and interesting.

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    Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thank you so much Happyboomernurse, very appreciated (:

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