Why are walnuts considered a superfood?
Because they are rich in essential plant-based omega 3 fatty acids, and can only be obtained by consuming certain kinds of foods.
Walnuts are also a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Most Americans don’t get enough dietary fiber, which promotes healthy bowel function and helps you feel full – a key component in maintaining a healthy weight.
Walnuts are also a good source of magnesium (44 mg/oz) and phosphorus (98 mg/oz) – both important minerals for digestion, enzyme production, cellular health and reproduction, as well as energy release.
Studies have shown that walnuts contain many nutrients like omega 3 fatty acid, phytosterol, L-arginine (amino acid) and antioxidants which are believed to not only prevent growth of tumors but also reduce the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer. These two compounds also have anti-inflammatory properties and prevent the formation of blood clots.
For more information, read Dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick’s article on The Science Behind Plant-Based Omega-3 ALA.