Walnuts are one of the healthiest foods for daily consumption. The nuts are loaded with healthy omega 3 fatty acids as well as good amount of fibre.
Walnuts are particularly beneficial for those suffering from metabolic syndrome. They have the potential to bring down the risk of long standing diabetes. They are known to bring down fasting glucose levels.
Walnuts also increase the levels of good cholesterol or High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) in our body.
The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids found in walnuts have been observed to decrease the harmful LDL cholesterol or Low Density Lipids in the body. Walnuts also help manage the triglyceride levels in our body.
The routine consumption of walnuts is associated with higher levels of energy usage even while the body is at rest. In a number of research that compared weight loss using a diet that include or exclude the nuts, it was seen that diets which included the walnuts showed greater result in weight loss.
Research has also proven that consumption of walnuts on a daily basis reduces the risk of cholecystectomy, which is a surgery to remove the gall bladder. Which means it reduces the risk of gallbladder cancer. Women who consumed 5 ounces of walnuts every week had lesser chance of gallbladder problems compared to women who ate just 1 ounce of walnuts each week.
Walnuts are always considered a good source of mineral copper, severe copper deficiency causes lower bone mineral density and increased risk of osteoporosis.
Walnuts also contain a high amount of manganese, which has been known to prevent osteoporosis in combination with minerals like calcium and copper. Magnesium another component in walnuts is a very important ingredient for bone formation. It helps in absorption of calcium into the bone.