Walnuts – The Super Nut

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nuts_R_#2 (2)Walnut is an ancient tree that is thought to have grown when there was only one super-continent on earth, Gondwanaland. After that continent broke up and drifted apart to make the World and continents that we know today, the Walnut trees became scattered across various continents. Now Walnut trees grow across the north temperate Old World stretching from southeast Europe and east to China and Japan. It grows widely in the New World from southeast Canada west to California and south to Argentina making Walnuts the most widespread nut species and indigenous to more than one continent.

The 21 species of Walnut trees are classified under the genus Juglans. Walnut wood ranges from soft to hard wood and is used in furniture making, flooring and even coffins. The shape of the fruits varies as well, from heart shape to oval shape.

Walnuts have a ancient connection with humanity and have been utilized by mankind throughout the World for millenia. They are known to have many health benefits and can be effectively used in many treatments both traditional and modern.

Ailments Treated With Walnut

Traditional healers use walnut as an active constituent in their remedies to treat the following ailments:-

Digestive tract:  Constipation, diarrhea, inflammation of the intestinesalawalnuts
JointsRheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, pain and inflammation
Respiratory system:  Dry cough, bronchitis, asthma
Skin problems: Inflammatory skin conditions, Dry skin, Psoriasis, Fungal infections, Eczema, Acne, Pimples, Scabies, Sunburn
Mind & Head: Headache, Insomnia, Neuralgia , Dry/red and inflamed eyes
Others: Anemia, excessive perspiration, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries)

May inhibit or alleviate:

  • Heart disease, Abnormal heart rhythms, Gall stone, Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer
  • Omega-3 fatty acids may improve effectiveness of prescription antidepressants and ADHD.

The Heart

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One of the best ways to help prevent heart disease is to eat a diet low in saturated fat and to eat foods that are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (including omega-3 fatty acids). The high level of polyunsaturated fats in walnut also contributes to better heart health. They slow down blood platelets from clumping together as well as the formation of blood clots and plaque in the arteries.

Walnut contain antioxidants and L-arginine (an amino acid), which could improve artery function thus reducing the risk of heart disease. L-arginine is used to make nitric oxide, a compound in the body that relaxes blood vessels. Preliminary studies showed that L-arginine may help lower the risk of hardening of arteries.

Oil in the nut also helps prevent erratic heart rhythms.

The high quantities of magnesium, phosphorus, Potassium and calcium in walnut are essential minerals necessary for the proper functioning of the heart as well.

Brain, Nerves & Eyesight

Do you want to improve your memory and brain performance? Then take walnut. The huge amounts of omega-3 in the nut not only improve cognitive function but also behavioral function. Deficiency can result in poor memory, mood swings or depression. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy risk developing vision and nerve problems. This is because omega-3 in the nut helps optimize neurological transmission and brain function.

The nutrients Lutein and zeaxanthin in the nut are essential for the retina of your eyes. Deficiency of these nutrients increases the risk of blindness.

Walnut also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that your body needs to produce melatonin, Vitamin B [niacin] and serotonin (a neurotransmitter). Serotonin makes you feel calm, relaxed and filled with a sense of well-being. Melatonin helps you to sleep better.

Another amino acid in walnut is glutamic acid. It is considered to be nature’s “Brain food” by improving mental capacities and enhancing normal nervous system function. It can cross the blood-brain barrier and is the only means by which toxic ammonia in the brain is removed. This nutrient is used in the treatment of depression, fatigue, alcoholism, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and schizophrenia.

Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, if you have skin with a tendency to be dry, rough, cold and thin with fine pores and wrinkled easily, then you have a predominantly vata constitution. You can benefit from the nourishing and warming properties of walnut in your diet. This brain-shaped nut is wonderful for people with a dry constitution, growing children and of course, your brain.

Walnut has huge amounts of omega-3, an essential fatty acid very beneficial to your body. Renowned for its health promoting quality, this nutrient play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.
Omega-3 fat helps strengthen cell membrane integrity and repair cellular and tissue damage. Lack of this important polyunsaturated fatty acid can affect your mood; result in fatigue, dry skin, heart problems, and poor circulation.

Walnut is also a rich source of other important nutrients that are vital for activities such as enzyme or hormone activation, building or proper functioning of your nervous system, bones, organs and body tissues.

 

General Properties

Antioxidant, Fungicide, Vermicide [kill worms], Speeds up peeling, Help improve heart and circulatory function, Maintain the flexibility of your cell membranes, Decrease platelet aggregation, Prevents and break up blood clots in the circulatory system, Vasodilator [dilate blood vessels], inhibits protein aggregation, Anti-inflammatory [reduces inflammation], Anti-arrhythmic [suppress erratic heart rhythms], Hypolipidemic [able to lower lipids or fats in blood]

Premier Organics is the manufacturer of Artisana Foods Walnut Butter.