Want healthier hair, skin and nails? A fitter, slimmer body? Then you need to start eating more walnuts – starting today.
These small little treats are simply packed with nutrients – nutrients that improve your health, make you feel better and, yep, even help you lose weight!
The best part? They’re super easy to work into your diet. Bring a bagful to work and munch on them throughout the day, add some to your salad for a little extra crunch or just put them in your morning bowl of oatmeal. The options are endless.
Walnuts & Their Amazing Benefits
Just how healthy are walnuts, and what can they do for your health and wellness?
A lot. Full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that your body absolutely craves, walnuts are a veritable powerhouse of health. They’re delicious, too, so no complaining there!
Let’s take a look at exactly how these tasty treats can improve your life:
- They can better your skin – There are dozens of ways walnuts can benefit your skin. They’re full of omega-3 fatty acids – nutrients that are crucial to your skin’s health. They help lock in moisture, and they keep your skin looking plump, young and glowing. They also can reduce inflammation and redness, as well as prevent damage from the sun and free radicals. Because walnuts also have vitamin E in them, they’re also a great antioxidant that can smooth out your skin and make it heal faster.
- They can improve your hair – Walnuts have tons of B vitamins, as well as biotin, which can help prevent hair loss and thinning and make your hair stronger on the whole. If you’ve gotten a recent haircut you weren’t too fond of, walnuts can help there, too. They can actually speed up hair growth (and growth of your nails as an added bonus!)
- They can increase heart health – Walnuts can actually help decrease the amounts of LDLs in your body – those are the bad cholesterols that cause heart problems, stroke and more. Walnuts have also been known to boost production of good cholesterols (which are absolutely vital to good health), and they can reduce blood pressure as well.
- They can boost your brain – Ever heard of brain food? You can count walnuts in that category. With tons of B vitamins, folate and omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts can improve your memory and prevent cognitive issues. They can even boost your mood and prevent depression and anxiety.
- They can help you lose weight – Walnuts are high in calories, but in moderation, they can actually help you lose weight. They’re very protein-heavy, and they’re full of fiber, both of which make you feel more satiated. That means less snacking and fewer calories consumed! On top of this, studies have shown regular walnut consumption can reduce fat in the tummy area, too, and who doesn’t want their jeans a little looser in that region?
- They can prevent diabetes – Just 56 grams of walnuts a week can significantly reduce your chance of developing diabetes – by 24 percent in fact! This is because their high omega-3 and omega-6 content, which plays a big role in warding off diabetes and weight problems.
- They can reduce chances of cancer – It sounds crazy, but walnuts actually have cancer-fighting abilities too. Studies have shown they can actually reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, and thanks to their high vitamin E content, they can help ward off lung cancer in some people, too.
- They can give you the nutrients your body needs – Walnuts have crazy amounts of nutrients and minerals. Let’s break it down: In just 7 walnuts a day, you’ll get 3.7 mg of vitamin E, 73 mg of calcium, 5 g of fiber, 95 mg of magnesium and a whopping 260 mg of potassium.
It’s not just walnuts that have great benefits, but all tree nuts can improve your health as well. Just be sure to eat them in moderation – no more than a handful or two a day. You don’t want to consume too many calories, especially if you’re looking to drop a few pounds.
Eating More Walnuts
Walnuts are easy to find at virtually any grocery store, and they can be stored in the fridge or freezer and kept for months to come. Have them for an afternoon snack, or just throw them on top of a stir fry to add some extra crunch. There are tons of options for this versatile nut.
But remember, thought a walnut-filled cookie might be your go-to nut recipe, try to refrain. Find healthful ways to incorporate nuts into your diet, and balance them out with plenty of fiber, produce and other nutritious foods.
Do you like walnuts? What are your favorite ways to eat it? Let me know in the comments.