Walnuts Health

Walnuts – Health and Nutrition

Photo: Walnut productsWalnuts main claim to fame nutritionaly are their high Omega 3 fatty acid content. Omega 3 is not commonly found in plant species but the content is high enough in walnuts that an average handful satisfies the daily requirement. This makes the eating of walnuts particularly good for those who avoid the eating of animal products. Regular consumption of walnuts is claimed to aid in the thinning of the blood reducing the risk of heart disease.

Walnuts are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and contain a range of minerals including iron, copper, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Vitamins in waluts include C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and folic acid.

Walnuts are high in antioxidants (ellagic acid) assisting the immune system and also assist in lowering cholesterol. Walnuts are also reputed to be beneficial to the kidneys, liver, brain, skin and digestive system.

Walnut Nutritional and Health Information Key Sites
There is an abundance of information available on the health benefits and nutritional value of walnuts. We have identified the following sites as being amongst the most helpful and informative: