According to U.S researcher, Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton, “Walnutsrank above peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios and other nuts. A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut” (as quoted on sciencedaily.com) But unfortunately, people don’t eat a lot of them. “Antioxidants in walnuts were two to 15 times as potent as vitamin E- renowned for its powerful antioxidant effects, which protect the body against damaging natural chemicals involved in causing disease,” Vinson says. In fact in a 2009 U. S. study, nut consumption was associated with a significantly lower risk of weight gain and obesity. But you need to keep the portion small (maximum 7 walnuts a day). Care for the heart Being a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids they keep the bad cholesterol level in check and also raise the level of good cholesterol in the body. A handful of these can keep you away from cardiovascular diseases, stroke , coronary artery diseases and other potential dangers related to the heart . Beats inflammatory diseases They have the power to tackle inflammatory diseases like asthma , psoriasis, eczema and rheumatoid arthritis. Raises immunity Walnuts boast antioxidant properties that enhance the immune system and protect against ageing, cancer and neurological disorders. Make your skin glow “Walnuts offer up healthy Omega-3 fats that strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep it plump and glowing and keeping out toxins that can damage skin cells,” say Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh, Registered Dieticians and co-owners of C
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