Stressed? Incorporate More Walnuts in Your Diet

October 12, 2012

Walnuts, a tree nut, and walnut oil not only taste good, they are good for you. While many studies have been conducted on their health benefits, the surprising results shows that walnuts help reduce stress levels by lowering blood pressure.

Walnuts contain, among other beneficial compounds, omega 3 fatty acids. It is known that this type of fatty acid provides heart-healthy benefits including the ability to lower blood pressure and to help prevent heart disease. Research was conducted to find out if omega 3 fatty acids obtained from plant sources would keep a person’s blood pressure lower when exposed to stress. The results indicated that eating just one serving every day lowered the blood pressure and high blood pressure responses caused by stress in test subjects.

The vitamins, minerals and other compounds found in walnuts also have many other health benefits. The omega 3 fatty acids, in addition to lowering blood pressure, help lower bad cholesterol. The high number of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, in walnuts helps protect against prostate and breast cancer. Walnuts can also help prevent or improve symptoms of diabetes.

Nuts and walnuts make healthy snacks which should be incorporated in your every day diet. They are high in fiber, unsaturated fats and protein and are a great source of minerals such as manganese. They are, however, high in calories. It is suggested that individuals who add walnuts to their diet reduce or eliminate other sources of saturated fat, such as eggs or cheese, from their diet to offset the added calories from walnuts. The recommended potion for the most benefit is 1.5 ounces per day, about 20 walnut halves. This will help avoid the weight gain that can be caused by eating to many calories.

Overall, walnuts are one of the most beneficial of the tree nuts. They contain significantly more omega 3 fatty acids than all other types of nuts and are rich in fiber, vitamins, magnesium and antioxidants. Walnuts are also one of the best sources of protein that can be obtained from plants. That aspect is especially beneficial for people who want to eat less meat or eat a vegetarian diet.

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