Posted by: Scott Stewart, LAc., Dipl.
Walnuts are one of my favorite snacks! They’re great in the winter time, because their nature is warming, and they have a sweet taste. Walnuts are packed with all kinds of vitamins (A, C, E, K, Niacin, B6, etc.), minerals (Calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, etc.), protein, and both Omega - 3 and Omega - 6 fatty acids. As a medicinal food, walnuts are very nourishing for the brain, the kidneys (Yang) and adrenals, and help enrich sperm. Walnuts moisten the intestines and lungs, helping to relieve constipation and cough with signs of cold. Due to their Omega – 3 fatty acids, they also help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. The health benefits of walnuts include the following: Walnuts have been proven to have many cardiovascular benefits, including the improvement of blood circulation. It has also been shown that walnuts can reduce problems related to metabolic syndrome; more specifically, lowering cholesterol. Lastly, they have an anti-oxidant effect.
To reap the benefits of one of nature’s greatest snacks, eat a handful of walnuts a day, or about 1oz. Enjoy!!!
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