While nuts in general are known to offer a range of nutritional benefits, walnuts might just be the best of the bunch. Among all dietary plants and nuts, walnuts contain the highest amount of antioxidants — vitamins and minerals that protect the body from things like heart disease, cancer, age-related decline and degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Bottom line? Ingesting a moderate amount of walnuts every day offers so many health benefits that you’d be hard-pressed to find a reason NOT to do it.
Here are just a few of the ways walnuts are worth their nutritional weight in gold:
They improve memory and brain function.
Walnuts contain a number of compounds that support brain health, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats and antioxidants.
They help fight breast and prostate cancer.
Studies have shown that adding walnuts to your diet may reduce cancer risk as well as slow tumor growth.
They help prevent heart disease.
The omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts lower “bad” cholesterol and increase the production of “good” cholesterol, so they’re a great way to maintain cardiac health.
They help fight insomnia and PMS.
Walnuts contain high amounts of manganese and magnesium, both of which help fight PMS-related mood swings, gastrointestinal discomfort and low back pain. Walnuts also increase blood levels of melatonin, which helps induce sleep.
They help you maintain a healthy weight.
Despite being dense in calories, walnuts are an ideal snack for those trying to maintain or lose weight. They contain “good” fats, protein and fiber, which promote a feeling of fullness and help you resist poor food choices.
If any or all of these benefits are important to you, it might be time to take a closer look at nature’s most hard-working nut.
Looking for a delicious way to work walnuts into your diet? Try our new Walnut and Walnut Dark BudiBars®, available online and at select retailers. All bars are wheat free, dairy free, low in sugar, high in fiber — and certified vegan and/or kosher. Introduced at the Boston Flower & Garden Show in March, Walnut and Walnut Dark were a big hit with health-conscious consumers!