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What Are The Health Benefits Of Walnut (Juglans)?

JEROME MICHAEL EBRUPHIYO Friday, September 17, 2021 Science and Nature

 
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Walnut (Juglans)

Walnut trees are any species of tree in the plant genus Juglans, the type genus of the family Juglandaceae, the seeds of which are referred to as walnuts. The fruit (nut) is a popular food. The nut, the nut's shell (hull), and the leaf are used to make medicine. The nut is used as a part of the diet for lowering cholesterol. The hull of English walnut is used as a “blood purifying agent” and to treat digestive tract swelling (inflammation) and “blood poisoning.” The leaf is used for treating diarrhea, digestive tract inflammation, and intestinal worms. It is also used as a “blood-purifying” agent. Some people apply walnut hull directly to the skin for skin diseases, skin infections, and eyelid swelling. It is also used in hair dye and in sunless tanning products. The leaf is applied to the skin for surface swelling of the skin; excessive sweating of the hands and/or feet; and for skin conditions such as acne, eczema, ulcers, and infections. In combination with other herbs. Walnut hull is used to treat diabetes, stomach inflammation (gastritis), and “tired blood” (anemia).

Health Benefits of Walnuts (Juglans)

  • Walnuts are an excellent source of antioxidants that can help fight oxidative damage in your body, including damage due to “bad” LDL cholesterol, which promotes atherosclerosis
  • Walnuts are a good source of the plant form of omega-3 fat, which may help reduce heart disease risk
  • Several plant compounds and nutrients in walnuts may help decrease inflammation, which is a key culprit in many chronic diseases
  • Eating walnuts not only nourishes you but also the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut. This promotes the health of your gut and may help reduce disease risk
  • The polyphenols in walnuts may reduce your risk of certain cancers, including breast, prostate and colorectal cancers
  • Though they’re calorie-dense, you may not absorb all of the calories in walnuts. Additionally, they may even help you control appetite and hunger
  • Eating walnuts may help control type 2 diabetes and reduce your risk of the disease, as the nut may help control your weight. Walnuts might have more direct effects on blood sugar control as well
  • Some studies suggest that eating 1 ounce (28 grams) of nuts daily, including walnuts, as part of a heart-healthy diet may help improve blood pressure
  • A healthy diet that includes walnuts may help preserve physical function, such as walking and self-care abilities as you age
  • Walnuts contain nutrients that may help protect your brain from damaging inflammation and support good brain function as you age
  • Eating walnuts regularly may help counteract potential harmful effects of less-than-ideal eating habits on sperm health
  • A daily 1.5-ounce (43-gram) serving of walnuts may help lower harmful cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which contribute to heart disease risk
  • Walnuts are easy to add to your diet since they’re widely available in stores and a great addition to countless dishes

Side Effects of Walnut (Juglans)

The nut can cause softening of the stools and bloating, as well as weight gain unless other fats are removed from the diet. English walnut may cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to it.

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