Walnut; Your Brain Friend
It has been claimed that nuts, especially walnut, can improve brain function. Walnut is a rich source of omega-3 oils which are important and very valuable for boosting memory and thought processing. The most important properties of walnut for the brain includes maintaining its health, strengthening memory, minimizing the effect of aging on the brain, delaying the aging process and enhancing information processing in the brain and strengthening brain activity.
Furthermore, fat is the most important part of walnut, which is approximately 65%. The most abundant fat in walnut is omega-6 fatty acids called linoleic acid. Although walnut is high in fat and calories, this nut does not cause obesity and overweight. Walnut is rich in most unsaturated and healthy fats which are useful in lowering bad blood cholesterol (LDL), reducing inflammation, improving the function of blood vessels by reducing the possibility of plaque formation in blood vessels. Walnut contains a small amount of protein (15%) and a small amount of carbohydrates. But it is a good source of some vitamins, fiber and folic acid.
Walnut is a good source of some vitamins and minerals including the following:
• Copper: This mineral promotes heart health and helps the immune system, bones and nerve’s function.
• Folic acid: Also known as folate and vitamin B9, Folic acid has many biological functions. Vitamin B9 deficiency during pregnancy can lead to a defective baby.
• Phosphorus: About 1% of our body is phosphorus. This mineral is found mainly in the bones and has many important functions in the body.
• Vitamin B6: This vitamin helps strengthen the immune system and nervous system health. Deficiency of this vitamin causes anemia.
• Vitamin E: Gamma-tocopherol is the most effective form of vitamin E in fighting cancer. Walnut contains a lot of this form of vitamin E.