All you need to know about walnuts

Ever since WebMD published a list of super foods, they have been taken up by every gullible business involved and taken to unprecedented proportions. And when joined the list, it created a few ripples. Looks like our forefathers had better insight and the Romans thought it was for better sexual health and infertility, ancient British doctors used it to treat mental disorders because the shape looks like a miniature brain and and
Greek doctors used to treat memory loss.

Today research shows us that the walnut does all of this and more. Infact, walnuts have more antioxidants in them than any other nut. They also contain very high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids which themselves have tonnes of goodness in them. It also has high amounts of alpha linonelic acid which is a type of omega 3 fatty acid but one with lots of effects on both the heart and brain.

So what does it do? Regular intake of walnuts bring down levels of cholesterol, boost memory, improves sexual functions, reduces the chances of diabetes and heart problems, prevents the risk of Alzeimhers disease and is now shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer and prostrate cancer in mice. And this is not some expensive nutritional supplement nor is it a rare berry growing in the amazon forest, but a nice little nut that is not even expensive.

While dark chocolate is another superfood, which we will discuss in the coming issues, if you find walnut coated dark chocolate anywhere, pick it up and eat it. Because the combination of walnut and chocolate can combat stress, is great for the heart and does wonders for your sexual life. For all the other benefits, just walnut will do.

And when I say eat anything, I mean eat moderately. And in the case of walnuts, a portion should be somewhere around 8 to 10 kernels. Best time to have them is probably for breakfast when you have the least amount of fatty stuff, because eating them within a very short span of having tea or coffee, might not be great. While we do not have sufficient data on this, till we are clear, have them with a bunch of other nuts without tea or coffee or milk and definitely not with full meals. So if you are the one having a good breakfast, then that is the time to add them. But are you having a good and healthy breakfast?

Dr.Wasim Mohideen
Wellness expert

After 8 years in allopathy, which included MBBS, DNB and a Diploma from the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK, Dr Wasim went on to get a doctorate in Acupuncture and a diploma in Ayurveda. He now combines the best of modern and alternative medicines to help people stay healthy.

drwasim@yourwellnessdoc.com
www.yourwellnessdoc.com

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