Walnut - the divine food for health and longevity
Walnut tree is well known and appreciated since the time before Christ. For its medical properties mentioned Hippocrates himself, and later - the famous Persian physician Avicenna.
The Latin name of the plant (Juglans regia) is a result of one of the legends for god Jupiter. In the culture of many peoples still exist myths and superstitions associated with the walnut.
For native land of the tree are accepted the Balkans and the Middle East, as nowadays most representatives are cultivated in the US and China.
Almost every part of the plant is used in the modern world - in furniture, textile and food industry, in medicine, cosmetics, perfumery and many other fields.
If not cut, the mystical tree can live hundreds of years and reach the height of ten-storey building.
The walnut kernels are very nutritious and delicious - rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and many other valuable substances.
Health benefits of walnut
The most beneficial and easily digestible are the raw nuts soaked in water for several hours before consumption.
Walnuts contain very powerful antioxidants that are available only in a few of the mass consummated foods. They actively counteract the free radicals and prevent the development of serious diseases such as cancer.
The unique substance juglone, which the plant contains, has a strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action. Therefore, walnuts are used effectively for the treatment of tuberculosis and eczema.
The nuts lower the blood pressure and the levels of the dangerous cholesterol, strengthen the heart and protect it from diseases.
With the help of the melatonin hormone, walnut provides sound sleep to people suffering from insomnia. Of course, we are talking about eating the nuts not about a nap under the tree.
The plant has beneficial effects on male fertility and applied externally deals effectively with a number of gynecological problems in women.
The priceless ingredients of the walnut kernels, among which is the folic acid take care of the normal course of pregnancy and the fetal development.
Walnuts are especially helpful for the nervous system. Perhaps not coincidentally, their nuts resemble so perfectly the shape of the human brain. Eating several walnuts daily improves the mood thanks to the substance tryptophan contained in them, enhances the memory and the ability to concentrate and expels diseases such as Alzheimer.
Walnuts as a beauty means
The menu rich in nuts, reduces the oxidative stress in the body and delays the signs of aging. Applied externally, the walnut oil smoothes wrinkles and removes scars, lightens pigmentation spots and dark circles around the eyes, relieves inflammation, moisturizes and softens dry skin.
The oil extracted from the benefitial nuts is an excellent hair conditioner, too. It nourishes and gives shine and also prevents dandruff and hair loss.
The green walnut husks and leaves are a natural dye used not only in the textile industry but also in home rituals for restoring the youthful hair color.
Although the nuts are high calorie, their regular moderate consumption contributes to balanced weight. The fibers contained therein create a feeling of satiety and improve metabolism.
Walnuts are one of the secrets for slender figure of the Hollywood beauties Angelina Jolie, Miranda Kerr and Kristen Bell.
The stronger sex could gain muscles more quickly, combining exercises with diet, including the protein-rich nuts.