Recent research identified a compound found in walnuts called ellagic acid which appears to block the metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer. This compound can detoxify cancer causing chemicals and also prevent cancer cells from duplicating.
Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Karen Roth, MS, NC discusses the health benefits of walnuts.
But one of the exciting qualities of walnuts is the copper and manganese content. Crucial antioxidants. Recent research identified a compound called ellagic acid which appears to block the metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer. This compound can detoxify cancer causing chemicals and also prevent cancer cells from duplicating.
Shelled walnuts are very sensitive to air and humidity, so you will want to store them in the refrigerator once youve opened the bag. I store mine in a glass jar for added protection.
Avoid roasted nuts because they are exposed to high temperatures often ruining the health benefits. Choose Raw whenever possible. You can roast your own at home to ensure they maintain their nutrient values.
Simply preheat your oven to 160 degrees, layer walnuts on a cookie sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes. Commercially roasted nuts are cooked at over 350 degrees and that damages the oils and creates free radicals. So first choose Raw, then if you prefer roasted, do it yourself at home.
Walnuts make a great snack, but also a great addition to other somewhat bland dishes. Add walnuts to salads, cooked greens, yogurt, and oatmeal. Make a boring side dish of rice or couscous more interesting by adding chopped walnuts. If you put croutons on your salad, try using walnuts instead. Croutons are empty calories, while walnuts provide nutrients that protect us against cancer and heart disease.
By Karen Roth
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