4 Health Benefits of Eating Walnuts

| 10/13/2011 1:07:00 PM

Although tree nuts boast an impressive array of health benefits, few Americans—about just 5 percent—consume them on a regular basis. Walnuts, arguably the most-studied of all the tree nuts, provide no shortage of those health-boosting powers. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, these tasty tree nuts can protect your heart and even help prevent cancer and diabetes. Discover the health benefits of walnuts by adding these nutrient-packed nuts to your daily diet!

Heart Protection 

Walnuts contain a number of heart-healthy compounds: potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids and more. Potassium, an electrolyte, plays a crucial role in heart function by managing muscle contraction of the heart. Along with calcium and magnesium, potassium also helps regulate blood pressure. Vitamin E helps prevent plaque from building up in arteries. Omega 3 fatty acids provide many heart-healthy benefits, including lowering blood pressure and high cholesterol and preventing heart disease.

Walnuts in Bowls 

Cancer Prevention 

Thanks to its high number of antioxidants (walnuts have twice as many antioxidants as other nuts), walnuts provide a measure of protection against cancer development, specifically prostate and breast cancers. A recent study from Marshall University found that eating a daily dose of walnuts (2 ounces) can reduce the growth of breast tumors by about half.