Health Benefits Of WALNUTS

Health Benefits Of WALNUTS

Walnuts are a valuable food for many reasons. The excellent supply of omega-3 (5.5g) is unique, as most nuts and foods supply none or only a trace amount of omega-3. Walnuts are the richest nut source of both the essential fatty acids (refer to the section entitled as What are the main functions of Omega-6?). They are an omega-3 treat as they need no cooking and therefore the oils (refer section entitled as Walnut Oil) are at their maximum effectiveness, especially with the good supply of biotin (1.3mcg) which assists fat metabolism.

Walnuts are a good source of folate (98mcg). They actually have more than spinach, and as folate is heat sensitive, the walnut wins the race, especially during pregnancy as folate is essential for development of babies. In addition, the good iron content (3mg) and protein supply (15g or 30% d.v.) all promote healthy growth of babies.

The rich supply of polyunsaturated lipids (47g) helps to lower cholesterol. Walnuts are a good source of phosphorus (346mg or 35% d.v.) plus magnesium (158mg or 40% d.v.), both required for the brain. This is in addition to the great supply of omega-3, as brain cells or neurons need omega-3. It promotes a flexible and fluid transfer of nutrients within brain cells and is vital for the development of the infant’s brain.

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Walnuts are the best lookalike brain food on the planet. The human brain is composed of 60% fat, and ideally, for maximum brain power, it is best made up from omega-3 fats. Give your brain a regular top up with walnut oil. The iron content plus manganese (3mg) and copper (2mg) is great for blood building, and the zinc (3mg) is vital for hormone production and development of children’s bones. Walnuts on toast with honey is simple, sweet, inexpensive and full of omega-3, plus mother and baby benefits. The best balanced nut, walnuts are one of the first steps you can take for your child. Refer to section entitled as How Do I Obtain More Nuts in My Diet? for walnut recipes.

NOTE: All amounts in this blog are measured in milligrams (mg) per 100 grams, unless stated otherwise.

Health Benefits Of WALNUTS

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