A lot of my friends and the people I meet when I am a guest speaker on wellness ask me “What is the one thing I should do to be healthy?” Of course I would strongly advice you to build as many good habits as is possible because each little thing makes a big impact on your long term health. However, after the more elementary, drink lots of water, eat on time etc. I would argue that one of the most important habits you can develop is to eat between four to six walnuts that were soaked in water the evening before every single morning. A small handful of walnuts contains more than hundred percent of the total Omega 3 that you require daily and also has copper, manganese, molybdenum, biotin, Vitamin E. It also packs a punch in being rich in calories and good fats.

Numerous research studies show that walnuts help in delaying the onset of cancer especially prostrate and breast cancer. Walnuts also help you reduce LDL or bad cholesterol. Walnuts act as an antioxidant because the polyphenol was found to be the best among all nuts.  Walnuts also contain various compounds including Vitamin E, folate, Omega 3 fats which help reduce the oxidative stress caused by aging on your brain. Finally walnuts have also been shown to reduce your fasting insulin which is wonderful for people with type 2 diabetes.

For all of us, aging is a constant. For many of us, we have older parents who we worry about. For some of us we have parents whose cognitive capabilities are fading. Regardless, its never too late to start making walnuts a part of your life. Its not for nothing that its called the king of nuts.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

2 thoughts on “Walnuts

  • June 25, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Walnuts are truly delicious- shame they are quite expensive! does immersing nuts in water provide any benefit? I’ve always wondered

    • June 26, 2016 at 6:01 am

      Yes, indeed they don’t come cheap but if you evaluate the life long benefits and the reduction in cardio-vascular risks it is well worth it. Soaking walnuts activates the nuts without which the benefits are not realized so you must soak them for 7-8 hours. Thanks for your comments.

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