Known for its healthy oil profile, Vitamin E and Melatonin, walnuts are also a very rich source of antioxidants. These compounds are very essential for health as they scavenge the free radicals, slow down the ageing process and age related deterioration. Research has highlighted the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of walnuts, making it top the food charts for protection against metabolic syndrome. Rare phytonutrients like quinone juglone and tannin tellimagrandin or the flavonol morin have shown a decreased risk of cancers of the prostrate. The omega -3 (alpha lenolenic acid) present in the nuts is a protection against cardiovascular diseases because of its anti-inflammatory activity.
Research has proven that even four walnuts can improve the levels of ALA significantly. Walnuts also make for a great snack for weight watchers. They must be eaten whole, with their skin intact, as most of its phenols are in its brown covering. An ounce is sufficient.