Walnuts – useful properties and contraindications

Wallachian (Greek) walnut – belongs to the nut family, the diameter can reach up to 1.5 m, the height is from 4 to 25 m and more, it is characterized by a thick crown that has a wide angle. The product is known to everyone, because most people have enjoyed it.

Walnut kernels are used  in many industries – medical, food, perfumery. Hard shells of walnut fruits are used for tanning leather. The green shells of the fruits are used to dye fabrics in various shades of brown. The shell of walnuts is used for the production of activated carbon, grinding stone, linoleum, thol.


Useful properties of walnuts

Wax (walnuts) are an excellent brain stimulator. It is a source of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Thanks to them, nuts improve memory and concentration, relieve nervous tension and stress. In addition, nuts contain vitamin B, magnesium and essential amino acids tryptophan and isoleucine. In a complex with fatty acids, they have a beneficial effect on the nervous system and mood.

To maintain health and tone, it is recommended to eat at least 30 grams of walnuts per day (7 kernels or 14 halves) for:

  • Prevention of diabetes, treatment of cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome;
  • Maintenance of nail health, weight loss and prevention of obesity;
  • Prevention of prostate cancer, breast cancer and other types of cancer;
  • Supports male strength.

Nuts contain a high dose of vitamin B9, better known as folic acid. It increases immunity, participates in the work of the digestive system, and improves metabolism. But the main benefit of folic acid is not even that. And in the fact that it is an indispensable component of the diet of pregnant women. It plays an important role in the formation of the neural tube of the fetus, and is also extremely necessary for the development of the placenta.

Nuts contain a lot of fiber and oil, which can strengthen the work of the intestines. Therefore, they are useful for people prone to constipation.

Decoction of leaves is used in the form of lotions, which have a positive effect on wound healing.

Infusion of leaves is used to rinse the mouth and throat in various inflammatory diseases and bleeding gums.


Who cannot eat nuts – contraindications

Walnuts are very high in calories – 100 grams contain as many as 654 kcal. Therefore, they should be used with caution by overweight people. Nuts are a strong allergen, so you should make sure that you do not have an individual intolerance to the product.

Those who suffer from gastrointestinal diseases can eat no more than 2-3 nuts per day.

Specialists of the Main Department of the State Production and Consumer Service in Poltava region wish everyone good health! Eat nuts and stock up on vitamins!