I wrote before about the health benefits of nuts. In fact, just last January I told you about their ability to ward off diabetes and heart disease.
Now new research has honed in on the top nut for a heart-healthy antioxidant punch…and it might not be the one you’re thinking of.
Walnut benefits revealed
When a researcher from the American Chemical Society analyzed a variety of nuts for antioxidant properties, it was the unassuming walnut that came out on top of the heap for both more antioxidants and higher-quality ones than the rest of its nut cousins.
In fact, it turns out that the antioxidants in walnuts are two to 15 times as potent as the “king of antioxidants” vitamin E! And walnuts pack in almost twice as many antioxidants as does an equal amount of almost any other common nut.
So, in other words, they can protect you from almost twice as much damage from disease-causing free radicals as can the other nuts.
Walnut benefits range from better blood sugar to better cholesterol
But that’s not all nuts can do for you. Earlier research has already found that if you’re a regular nut eater you’re at decreased risk of heart disease, Type II diabetes, cancer, obesity, and even gallstones.
Walnuts, which are brimming with healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, are likely the leader in the antioxidant race, at least in part because of their preparation method…or really lack of it. Unlike many other common nuts, walnuts are eaten raw or unroasted, helping to preserve the quantity and quality of their antioxidants.
Yes, there’s just no denying that there are a heck of a lot of health benefits packed into those neat little nutshells. And, sadly, we’re not eating nearly enough of them.
To reap the antioxidant and heart-health benefits of walnuts, you should aim for about seven walnuts per day. They make a great mid afternoon snack to help tide you over until dinner or a delicious topping for a salad.