In the winter, you will see the different types of dried fruits everywhere. And at night, the bells ringing on the peanut carts in the streets in order to remind everyone of these fruits that you should all buy and enjoy. There are so many benefits of all these fruits that we don’t even know it. In this article, we are going to tell you about the tremendous benefits of walnuts, after knowing it you will definitely eat walnut in this winter.
▶ Helps in Maintaining Memory: Walnuts are full in alpha linolenic acids (which is a plant based omega-3 fatty acid). Walnuts also provides excessive polyphenolic compounds as compared to any other type of nuts. The two (omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols are considered important brain foods. The omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts plays an important role in speeding up the brain and improving memory. It also improves and boosts the brain health.
▶ Reduce Depression: Latest researches suggests that eating walnuts regularly may be associated with the lower chances of depression signs. Depression is on the peak in these days. According to a report in the Clinical Journal of Asia, the number of people in psychiatric hospitals in Pakistan is growing at an annual rate of 49%. In this case, eating walnuts can save you from this serious disease. It contains enzymes including omega-6 fatty acids, which helps in reducing depression and increase peace of mind. Another study found that, depression victims were 26% lower for walnut eaters as comparison with the people who do not eat any types of nuts at all. And the people who ate some other types of nuts (except walnut) saw 8% less depression scores.
▶ Helps in Relieving Constipation: Some types of nuts and seeds are good for the relief in constipation. Nuts that includes Pecans, Almonds and Walnuts are rich in more fiber than other types of nuts. Walnuts contain a variety of fibers that help in reducing abdominal pain and relieve constipation. Drinking walnut oil with a tablespoon of lukewarm water is the solution to this problem.
▶ Improves Heart Health: Walnuts helps the body to maintain the cholesterol levels and lowers the blood pressure. High cholesterol level and high blood pressure are two of the main risk factors for the heart diseases. Walnuts are a rich source of ALA (alpha lenolenic acid). Walnuts contains almost 3 grams of alpha-lenolenic acid per ounce. The acid in walnuts helps reduce the levels of unwanted and heart-damaging (bad cholesterol) and increases the amount of cholesterol that keeps the heart strong. It also keeps the heart muscles strong and active.
▶ Great Food in Pregnancy Period: As we discussed above that, walnuts contains omega-3 fatty acids which helps in reducing the oxidative stress in the brain and also helps in improving brain signals and neurogenesis (the creators of neurons). In this way, eating walnuts during pregnancy period is very beneficial for the brain of the tender fetus. Walnuts also contains compounds called zinc, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and neurogenesis, which are considered beneficial for the health of pregnant women and children.
▶ Gives Restful Sleep: Walnuts are great source of tryptophan (tryptophan is a sleep-enhancing amino acid) which helps in making serotonin and melatonin (serotonin and melatonin are the “body clock” hormones that sets our body’s sleep/wake cycle). Walnuts contains melatonin which provides relief to the body as well as a restful sleep.
▶ Moisturizing The Skin: Walnuts always have higher antioxidant activities than any other type of common nut. These activities originates from vitamin E, melatonin and plant compounds called polyphenols, which are specially high in the papery (paper like) skin of walnuts. The vitamins E, B-1, B-2 and B-3 in walnuts not only remove dryness from the skin but also keep it soft and moisturized.
▶ Can Be Used For The Body and Toothache: Walnuts are helpful for the body to protect against some type of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis. Walnuts contains omega-3 fatty acids that work to control the amount of inflammation in the body. Body aches increase a lot in winter and it is also difficult to keep the teeth warm and cold. In this case, boiling walnut leaves in water and drinking it can be of great benefit. Because its leaves contain potassium hydroxide and vitamin C properties that are useful in all types of pain.
▶ Improves Skin Color: Walnuts are also useful for clearing the complexion because they contain vitamins E, C and A. Grind walnuts into a powder and add a tablespoon of milk to make a paste and apply on the skin. Daily use can give positive results in color cleansing. Similarly, applying a moisturizer instilled with walnut extracts on regular basis ensures rejuvenated skin as the vitamin B5 clears dark spots and tans and vitamin E provides smooth, soft, radiant and hydrated skin.
▶ Reduces Cough & Asthma: A latest study has found that there is a type of vitamin E which is found in walnuts may prevent the risks of asthma attacks by reducing airway inflammation. Some studies have also explored the many health benefits of walnuts. Here is another example, why you should include these nuts in your daily diet. According to German medical experts, walnuts are an antioxidant that has the power to boost the amino modulatory system, which restores lung health, and is useful in treating coughs and asthma.