Did you know that walnuts, despite their funny appearance, are among the most interesting nuts out there? The ancient Greeks even called them “karyon,” meaning “head,” because of their unique shape. Walnut trees are among the oldest known food trees and can produce walnuts for over 100 years. Additionally, walnut have numerous health benefits that can help improve your overall lifestyle. And fun fact, despite the name, walnuts aren’t nuts!
Here are some benefits of walnut shared by Dietitian Vidhi Chawla, Founder of Fisico Diet Clinic:
It can reduce the risks of some cancers
Walnut can reduce the risks of some cancers, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers. Walnut contains urolithins, which have hormones-like properties that enable them to block hormone receptors in your body. Due to these, walnuts can probably prevent breast and prostate cancers.
Walnuts can help in controlling your appetite. Eating or drinking a walnut smoothie activates a region of the brain that helps resist highly tempting food like pizza or fries.
Only five ingredients are needed to make a delicious and healthy smoothie: Cocoa powder, Walnut, Dates, Banana, Milk and Vanilla Extract. It boasts antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and calcium. Additionally, it is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Walnut also decreases appetite and hunger compared to some placebo drinks as it equals calories and nutrients.
Helps in healthy ageing
Walnut are one of the healthiest foods to age beautifully. For good physical functioning, good eating habits are important. And walnuts are packed with essential vitamins, fiber, and fats.
Helps with the male reproductive system
Junk food like processed foods, refined grains and sugar has been linked to reducing sperm function. Eating walnuts can support sperm health and male fertility. It helps in protecting sperm by reducing oxidative damage in their membranes. Walnuts are extremely nutritious as they are rich in omega-3 and vitamins. Therefore, Chawla suggests starting your day with 2-3 walnuts.