The shape of the walnut itself creates wonder. I think it is almost like the apt representation of the brain with its division of hemispheres. The nutritional value of walnut is undisputable. It has potassium, magnesium, protein, calcium, iron, copper, manganese and folate. It is one of the best sources of Omegas, the so-called good fat that your body requires and an excellent source of fibre too.
- Potassium : Low potassium can cause fatigue, weakness and cramps. It is an important electrolyte for the proper functioning of your nerves, muscles and even that of your heart. It is also needed to facilitate the disposal of waste in your body.
- Magnesium : This mineral is required for the functioning of the muscles and nerves too. The deficiency of this can inhibit sleep, cause cortisol imbalances and create a increased feelings of stress and anxiety.
- Protein : It is one of the quick and easy sources of protein to munch on. Food that contains the protein tryptophan naturally, helps to synthesize serotonin in the neurotransmitters of the brain.
- Calcium : It provides bone health and healing.
- Iron : This is required for the transportation of oxygen through haemoglobin in the blood, proper functioning of the heart system.
- Copper : Though a micronutrient it is important for heart health and the maintenance of collagen in the body.
- Manganese : This trace mineral is required for the metabolism of fat and protein, it is also important to maintain certain neurological functions as it triggers certain enzymes. The deficiency of which is known to cause epilepsy in mice.
- Folate : We all know that the growth, functionality and maintenance of cells is harbingered by folate. Its importance is therefore multi-fold during pregnancy, infancy and adolescence. It is also required to convert carbohydrates into energy.
- Omega3 : They make sure that your triglycerides are in control, your cholesterol levels are not causing blockages to your arteries. It is also the what calms your brain by helping to produce serotonin, reduce cortisol and keeps it relaxed and anxiety free.
Walnuts can be eaten as is, crushed over your salads or sweets, made into pesto, used as thickeners for gravies. I love the crunch as well as its earthy, woody flavour. With so many reasons to include walnuts in your daily diet, don’t contemplate…just do it.