Are Walnuts An Obsession For You or Are You Just Nuts?

Are you a fan of walnuts? I know I am. In fact,I think my love of them goes all the way back to my early childhood. You see, my mother is an amazing baker. I used to tell her constantly that she could easily have made a career as a baker over her chosen occupation. She was a phenom when it came to cakes like German Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, Zucchini Bread and a host of other items. Between her holiday baking and general stocking up items in the pantry for various other cooking needs, I was guaranteed an ample supply of walnuts and others ingredients that delighted my taste buds. Although I may not have been focused so much on the health benefits of these hearty tree nuts, there can be no denying that there is a wealth of reasons for having them as a part of a regular diet.

Nuts such as walnuts (pictured above) are rich...

Nuts such as walnuts (pictured above) are rich sources of micronutrients and protein. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nitric Oxide: If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you’ll undoubtedly have noticed that I’ve been touting increasing nitric oxide. The idea that this nut comes loaded with it helps in the increasing of oxygen which is essential in maintaining the normal cell shape of blood as well as carrying that healthier blood throughout the body everywhere that oxygen is needed.

Amino Acids: When it comes to heart health, the walnut has both l arginine and the omega 3 fat alpha-linolenic acid. The first amino acids is one that is beneficial to cardiovascular health, which essentially means your heart will thank you for it. The latter amino acid has the potential to reduce the risks of blood clots, fatal heart attacks and the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

Brain Food: If the nitric oxide wasn’t enough to help your brain, walnuts also has vitamin E, folate, and melatonin. Anyone with Sickle Cell Anemia will readily understand the importance of folate. It’s been a daily supplement for me since I can remember.  The melatonin is great for reducing stress and enabling sleep which of course is always necessary to aid the bodies natural ability to repair itself. According to one doctor named Dr. Mercola, there has been one study that has revealed it’s ability to aid in cognitive and motor functions in the aging. This is great news for those of us as we get up in our latter years.

While these are not a complete list of all the benefits that come with having walnuts as a part of your diet, there can be no doubt that these alone are at least enough to give you a reason to want to add it if you haven’t already.

QUESTION: So if you love walnuts like I do, how do you choose to include them in your diet? Do you eat them raw, whole, chopped, mixed with others, or as an ingredient to something else like a topping on your sundae? 


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