There are over 30 varieties of walnuts, but we see only a few of them in the United States.  It doesn’t matter which variety you prefer because ALL walnuts are rich in nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins.  In fact they could be deemed essential to optimal health.  Walnuts are arguably the nut with the highest nutritional value.

There are many resources for how to grow them.

Walnuts are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids which reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and improve good cholesterol (HDL).  This reduces the possibility of artery disease and strokes.  Eating just about 25 grams a day will give 90% of the recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids.  25 grams of walnuts is just under 1/4 cup of walnut pieces.  Besides the reduction of artery disease and strokes, walnuts can also help lower blood pressure and breast, colon and prostate cancers.

Walnuts are also a great source of anti-oxidants which include vitamin E, melatonin, carotenoids, ellagic acid and poly-phenolic compounds.  These have effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.

That is not all.  Walnuts are packed full of B-complex vitamins:  riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates.  Walnuts are a rich source for minerals such as:  manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium, which are very beneficial and necessary for healthy bodies.

Walnuts can be and are used in many ways and in many recipes.

If you are not allergic to them and you enjoy eating them, grab a handful of walnuts a day and enjoy the health benefits they can offer to you.


About Gary

I am retired, but not tired. I still want to be valuable to others. I know that others are valuable to me. After looking back on six decades, I have asked myself this question: “What do I believe?” My mind filled up. My heart started beating faster. My spirit soared. I post blogs to share what my mind is working on, what my heart believes would help others and, what my spirit is communicating to me. What do I believe, you ask? Decisions dictate your path In love, not hate In tolerance, not prejudice In health, not sickness In wealth, not poverty In kindness, rudeness In happiness, not sadness In encouragement, not discouragement In faith, not doubt In courage, not fear I have been and will be challenged in each one of these beliefs, but the biggest belief is to stay positive and not turn negative. This belief helps me maintain all of the others.

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