Walnuts Walnuts are delicious and highly nutrient dense food to snack on and can augment flavor and crunch to a meal. They are an important source of omega-3 indispensable fatty acids and are also rich in vitamins and minerals that help us to stay healthy. Walnuts are high in poly and monounsaturated fats and especially linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid. Those two acids cannot be synthesized by our body and must be provided daily. They are known as essential fatty acids. They participate in the manufacture of certain hormones, part of the cell's membrane and they regulate the cholesterol. 5 walnuts (28 g) supply our daily needs in those acids.

Health Benefits

Walnuts offer an antioxidant compound known as ellagic acid that supports the immune system and appears to have many anticancer properties. Alpha-linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acids. This family of acids provides an anti-inflammatory action. Walnuts are consequently useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and itchy skin conditions. (Dry skin is usually the first sign of an essential fatty acid deficiency).

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