walnuts

  • When it comes to nuts, the walnut is the king.
  • It’s a great source of the healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been found to protect the heart, promote better cognitive function, and provide anti-inflammatory benefits for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis.
  • Walnuts also contain the antioxidant compound ellaic acid which is known to fight cancer and support the immune system.
  • But that’s not all– researchers identified 16 polyphenols in walnuts, including three new tannins, with antioxidant activity so powerful they described it as “remarkable.”
  • Walnuts are incredibly healthy for the heart. Total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol were reduced and the elasticity of the arteries increased by 64 percent.
  • Levels of vascular cell adhesion molecules, which play a major role in the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), were reduced by the intake of walnuts.

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