Nuts are one of those foods that we’re not sure what to do with because while we know most of them are healthy for us (unsalted, of course), we are also frequently told they are high in fat and shouldn’t be consumed too heavily. Even though many nuts are high in fat and calories, they’re also full of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and protein. In a world where vegan and vegetarianism is becoming more and more popular, they’re a great go-to dairy-free and gluten-free snack. There are so many nuts available to us and they’re cultivated around the world, so how do we know which ones to eat? Well, we’ve got the answer to that!
Even though walnuts are one tough nut to crack, they’re among the best nuts to eat and luckily, they’re easily accessible and affordable. Let’s take a look at some of the incredible health benefits of walnuts…
1. Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Inflammation is often caused by oxidative stress, says Healthline, and plays a big role in many diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and cancer. Luckily, the polyphenols in walnuts can help reduce this inflammation and oxidative stress. “A subgroup of polyphenols called ellagitannins may be especially involved. Beneficial bacteria in your gut convert ellagitannins to compounds called urolithins, which have been found to protect against inflammation,” writes Healthline.
The same source notes that the omega-3 fatty acids, amino acid arginine, and magnesium in walnuts might also help reduce inflammation.