Walnut / Akhrot
They may look weird and are difficult to break, but crack them in a door hinge and eat the brain like nut inside to help just that – your Brain!
Health and Nutrition Facts
Omega 3 - Walnuts are the only nuts that have omega-3 fatty acids in high amounts. These nutrients provide anti-inflammatory benefits in asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis.
Sleep – Melatonin present in walnuts is a powerful antioxidant that induces a good night's sleep.
Heart - Omega-3 fatty acids prevents erratic heart rhythms and regulates plaque formation in blood vessels, and the essential amino acid l-arginine in walnuts improves the elasticity of blood vessels improving cardiovascular health.
Protein - Walnuts are an excellent source of a proteins, fiber, B vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese.
Laxative - These nuts are helpful in easing constipation due to their laxative effects.
AntiCancer - Its anticancer properties also help in fighting the dreaded disease.
Alzheimer’s disease – Research indicates that walnuts may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease by arresting the formation of the amyloid plaques that are found in the brains of patients who suffer from this disease.
Black walnuts - Black walnuts prevent heartburn, high blood pressure and various skin disorders. It gets rid of intestinal parasites and tapeworms and helps in ensuring proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
- Walnuts are the oldest known tree food — they date back to 10,000 BC!
- English walnuts (also known as Persian walnuts) originate in Central Asia and were introduced to California in the 1700s.
- More recently the nutritional benefits of walnuts have become well-known, especially their omega-3 fatty acid content.
- The Greeks called walnuts karyon, meaning “head,” because the shell resembles a human skull and the walnut kernel itself looks like a brain!
- Like today, a common culinary use of walnuts in the 17th-19th centuries was in salads.
- Walnuts are only harvested once a year, between September and November.
- There are more than 30 varieties of commercially produced walnuts.