Walnut (Awusa in Yoruba, Ukpa in Ibo and gyada in Hausa) is a nutritious nut that is worth more than the attention we are giving it.
Walnuts have different variant and types but they have all been proven beneficial to the human body. This nut comes in round shape with a black shell. To eat the content, you need to break the shell.
When in season, walnuts are easy to access and relatively cheap. Here are some reasons you need to pay more attention to it.
They are high in antioxidants
Antioxidant helps the body fight free radicals which are capable of causing harms to the body. The more antioxidants you consume, the more your body is protected againt diseases. Walnuts are high in antioxidant therefore, they are super important even if you are not feeling sick.
Improves Brain Function
Walnuts caontan sme certain neurprotective componds that aid normal brain function. The fruit contains Omega-3 fatty acid, antioxidants, folates and Vitamin E. All these improves brain functions in adult and children.
Good for Pregnant Women
Walnut contains Polyunsaturated fatty acids which is good for pregant women. The presence of Omega-3 fatty acid also help in baby’s cognitive growth and vision.
Help prevent sleep disorder
It is recommended to take walnut before bed time as it contains meltonin which will aid in preventing sleep disorder. There is also tryptophan which is a major source of neurotransmitter, melantonin and serotonin which helps in preventing insomnia.
Helps in weight managment
Worried about your weight? Walnut will be very helpful. It has been proven an ounce contains enough fibre, protein and fat that could help make your stomach full. It also contains Vitamin B-7 which will work with fibre to improve your body’s metabolism.
Walnuts are regrared as fertility booster as research has shown that men who eat them regularly are prone to thier sperm quality increased.
Regular consumption of these nuts contributes to the reduction of low-density lipoprotein (LDL)that is bad cholesterol in the body.
Should walnut be eaten every day? Although there are no proven side effects, it should be taken in moderation to avoid a negative reaction or overload of the content.