The Health Benefits of Walnuts
Walnuts (Juglans) were considered food for the gods in ancient Rome and named Juglans regia (Jupiter’s royal acorn ) in honor of Jupiter. Juglans is derived from Jovis glans, meaning Jupiter’s acorn, and regia meaning royal.
Walnuts should not be shelled until ready to use, and once shelled can be refrigerated in a tightly sealed container for up to one year
The United States is the world’s top producer of walnuts, with California providing more than 50% of worldwide walnut supply.
Health Benefits of Walnuts
Nutrients in Walnuts
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Walnuts also contain other potentially cardioprotective constituents including phytosterols, tocopherols, squalene and the amino acid arginine.
Walnuts are rich in the antioxidant ellagic acid, and in a preliminary study, it has been suggested that the ellagic acid present in walnuts has a high anti-atherogenic implicating the beneficial effect of a walnut-enriched diet on cardio protection.
Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Moderate amounts of oxalate are found in walnuts, and should be consumed in moderation by individuals with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones. References:
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