Here’s why you should be popping these nuts.
Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help your heart and brain. (Photo: condesign / www.pixabay.com)
1. Walnuts are good for your heart
These nuts help to boost blood vessel function, effectively remove excess cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, studies have shown. Their high omega-3 content provides benefits similar to those found in sardines, salmon and flax seeds. Give your ticker an added boost by munching on these heart healthy veggies too.
2. Walnuts may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer
A US study on mice showed that those whose diets included walnuts (the human equivalent of two handfuls daily) developed breast cancer at less than half the rate of those whose diets didn’t. As for the mice who developed breast cancer, those who ate walnuts developed fewer and smaller tumours than those who didn’t. While more research needs to be done to determine the results on humans, researchers say the results are encouraging. Meanwhile, here are some cancer-fighting diet tips.
3. Walnuts boost your brain power
US scientists found that a walnut-rich diet may improve mental performance, thanks to how a specific type of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids of walnuts work together to enhance brain power.
4. Walnuts help in foetal development
Eating right is especially important during pregnancy. And one food expecting mothers should be eating are these healthy nuts because walnuts contain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega 3-fatty acid important for baby’s brain and eye development.
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