CHASING
THE BALANCE
You are what you eat, and drink, so this is a good place to start.

USE YOUR WALNUT

Guest Writer - Author  | 
August 1, 2013
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Ever think that walnuts look like a certain "male" body part and the walnut halves look like your brain?

Nature is sneaky that way: it sends us subliminal messages to eat certain things.

Mother Nature is trying to tell you something. Walnuts are stellar nutrition stars for your brains and your bits and you’d be wise to make these tree nuts regular additions to your weekly shopping list, and your daily diet. These wrinkly little suckers pack a nutritional wallop!

WALNUTS 101

For starters, walnuts contain high levels of omega 3s, those polyunsaturated fatty acids that are so essential to good health (but that our bodies can’t produce on their own). O3′s are widely acknowledged to benefit the cardiovascular system, cognitive function, assist with blood clotting, help prevent heart disease, and new studies show possibly even strokes! Omega 3 fatty acids are a wondrous nutrient of which most Americans don’t get enough.

The hard-to-crack walnut also contains something called ellagic acid, an antioxidant compound that supports the immune system, and according to the American Cancer Society, has anti-cancer properties!.As for prostate health, walnuts have been shown to reduce tumor size and even prevent tumors of the prostate.

Need more incentive to replace your midday  bag of chips with a handful of  crunch-tastic goodness? Walnuts also contain monounsaturated fat. That’s right – the good fat that lowers levels of the body’s bad cholesterol, and raises levels of the good kind.

The list of potential benefits of consuming approximately 10 whole (20 of the halves) walnuts a day: they are a great protein source, may help with hypertension, will help stave off hunger throughout the day by controlling the hunger hormone ghrelin, are loaded with fiber, etc., etc. (we wouldn’t want to bore you). So why not do yourself a favor and make this wonder-nut a snack habit? And for those who fear nut consumption will enlarge your girth, regular nut eaters are LESS likely to put on the pounds. Need we say more?

Toss some crushed walnuts into your salad to add some texture. Mix some into your oatmeal with maple syrup or just grab a handful on your way to the gym to keep you going through your workout!

 

Written by Guest Writer Logan Orlando 

 

 

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