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Walnuts Offer Wonderful Health Benefits

By Joanne Sgro HERWriter
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Are you looking for a nutritious snack or way to jazz up a recipe? Look no further than the power of walnuts.

Walnuts have a lot of health benefits and, according to an article on ScienceDaily.com, they help with brain function.

“Diets containing two percent, six percent, or nine percent walnuts, when given to old rats, were found to reverse several parameters of brain aging, as well as age-related motor and cognitive deficits.”

The study was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston.

The study said that this could be due to the walnuts' ability to fight inflammation.

“Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid, and other polyphenols that act as antioxidants and may actually block the signals produced by free radicals that can later produce compounds that would increase inflammation.”

A small study has indicated that this particular member of the nut family could also help you start a family.

According to an article on HuffingtonPost.com, “University of California, Los Angeles researchers found that men who ate 75 grams of walnuts daily -- about two handfuls' worth -- in addition to their regular diets had an improvement in semen quality, compared with men who didn't eat the nuts.”

Walnuts could also help in fighting breast cancer. A study out of Marshall University also featured on the site stated, “eating walnuts every day seemed to halve the risk of mice developing breast cancer.”

Here are some of my favorite original recipes featuring the wonderful walnut!

ASPARAGUS CHICKEN SALAD

• 6 ounces chicken breast cooked and sliced

• 1 cup of romaine lettuce

• 1/2 cup of fresh chopped asparagus

• 1 tbsp. of rice vinegar

• Dash of soy sauce

• 1 tsp. of olive oil

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Combine all ingredients and serve cold.

WALNUT CRUSTED CALAMARI W/ BRUSCHETTA SPREAD

Serving Size – 8 ounces

• Frozen calimari rings

• ½ cup of walnut meal or chopped walnuts (usually found in nut aisle at grocery or health food store)

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Manasi Deshpande

Hello, Nice article !!! You must have heard that handful of nuts daily is good for your health. But every ones hand size makes a difference. Even if nuts are healthy it’s important to know that in what quantity we should eat. Nuts are in general high in calories. But the best choice is to get all benefits from nuts and avoid excessive calorie intake from them . To know more about
Quick Bytes: Nuts . Visit : http://www.justforhearts.org/quick-bytes-nuts/

May 11, 2013 - 4:24am
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