Stay Young ~ Eat Walnuts

A dog, a wife, and a walnut tree, they more you beat them the better they be.

It looks like a simple change to our diet, like eating a few walnuts a day, boosts our health in some amazing ways.

I’ve long thought that eating nuts was a good idea, and now some scientists at the Louisiana State University agree with me.  After some experiments they say that eating a couple of ounces of walnuts a day improves your digestive health.  Seems it’s all to do with prebiotics again, and that walnuts have their beneficial effects by nourishing the friendly bacteria in our gut, helping them to thrive and multiply.

These good bacteria have anti-inflammatory properties, and chronic inflammation is now thought to be central to the onset of arthritis, various cancers including prostate and breast cancer, depression, early aging, various heart / circulatory diseases, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

It’s better to get the nutrients for healthy skin from food, not supplements.  Salmon, walnuts, blueberries, spinach…  lots of my favorite foods happen to be amazing for skin too.  ~  Gail Simmons

Scientists and nutritionists say that the health of our digestive tract is central to the health of our whole body.  Walnuts act as a prebiotic, meaning that eating these nuts helps keep our digestive system healthy.

Gut health is an emerging research area, but we are seeing greater bacterial diversity may be associated with better health outcomes, whereas low diversity has been linked to conditions such as obesity and inflammatory bowel disease.  ~  Professor Lauri Byerley.

Walnuts and hazelnuts are just about the oldest tree foods known to man; their importance going at least at far back as 7,000 BC.  Walnuts in particular;

  1. Help with weight loss.
  2. Improve good sleep if eaten late at night~ walnuts contain lots of melatonin.
  3. Are good for your hair, in fact eating walnuts may help prevent hair loss.
  4. Are very good for your heart and circulation.
  5. Help to lower your bad cholesterol.
  6. Help to prevent type 2 diabetes.
  7. Makes your skin healthier.
  8. Can keep senile dementia at bay.
  9. Help to prevent various cancers, especially breast and pancreatic cancers.
  10. Will help you to live a longer, healthier, and less stressful life.

Personally, I firmly believe that eating almost any type of nuts and seeds is a beneficial addition to one’s diet, but walnuts may be better than most as they are the only nut that contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acid.  And, as we already know, omega-3 fatty acids are good for us.  Walnuts also have a lot of protein, fibre, phytochemicals, and antioxidants in them.

Walnuts are a tree nut, along with Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts and pistachios ~ each of these has it’s own nutritional properties, (I can’t abide macadamia nuts and I hate pecan pie).

Walnuts have the vitally important amino acid l-arginine, which give loads of benefits to people with heart diseases, or who may become prone to suffering from heart and circulatory problems.

These almost magical nuts also contain neuroprotective compounds, such as vitamin E, folate, and melatonin.  Research shows that eating a half a cup of walnuts a day may stave off senile dementia.

Allegedly, walnuts also make men more sexually potent, and are good for pregnant women…..

There is one nut which is not generally thought to be quite so healthy; peanuts.  These are legumes anyhow, and basically legumes are either peas or cattle food.  The main reason that early farmers grew legumes is that they improve the soil, and not because they’re good to eat.

Nevertheless, there are health benefits to be found from the humble peanut; they’re full of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, the anti-aging molecule resveratrol, and phytosterols that help reduce bad cholesterol.

Nuts and seeds are a far better snack than the other disgusting crap many people munch on, especially late at night.  So don’t snack on potato chips, crackers, popcorn, blue cheese, ice cream, doughnuts, pretzels, candy, chocolate, cookies, cake, s’mores…  have some walnuts instead, or almonds, or hazelnuts, (or any nuts and seeds).

The good news is, that glass of red wine you like late at night is good for you too.


jack collier

always buy organic walnuts

18 responses

  1. I love walnuts! Glad to know that eating them every day is a good thing!


  2. Love walnuts and enjoyed the extra detailed info. I will definitely incorporate more. Thank you

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  3. Great post Jack! I love walnuts!

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  4. The house my spouse grew up in has walnut trees all around it. I cannot stand English walnuts, but love the black ones. Although both are a mess to strip of their coat before drying and shelling, the black ones are by far the worst. Peanuts and cashews have molds in them and are very bad for those prone to yeast infections. However, the good in nuts outweighs the bad. Good information here, Jack!

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  5. I love walnuts and eat them regularly, but for some reason, I eat them more in the winter, and in the summer I eat more pistachios. Either way, it’s a good system I think 🙂

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    1. I like to buy mixed, salted nuts ~ probably all that salt is bad for me, but my blood pressure is fine, so why worry… ❤

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  6. do NOT beat the dog…..nor the wife….they both bite back 🙂 but also eat a few Brazil nuts a day…good for male prostate health ❤

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  7. It is no coincidence that walnuts also look like a small brain (two halves). 😂😂😂

    I do have a penchant for potato crisps… A terrible vice, but one of few these days 😄

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    1. Everyone like potato crisps / chips ~ as long as we don’t scarf them down every single day. ❤

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  8. I need to get bagfuls of walnuts now!! 😃

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    1. Other nuts are cool too.

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      1. Aah yes …macadamia, brazil and almonds…I love them all😊

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  9. We have a walnut tree in the lane outside the house so we collect them for free and use them throughout the year. So tonight is a glass of red and some walnuts then?!

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    1. A couple of glasses of red and some mixed nuts…. brilliant ❤


  10. I knew they were healthy, but did not know they were this healthy!

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    1. And to think we only ever got nuts at Christmas.

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      1. We should have them all year round!

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