So maybe you already knew that Walnuts are considered one of the world’s healthiest foods. Maybe you didn’t, now you do.
The thing is, the nutritional value of walnuts (including the skin of the nut) is unsurpassed.
Let’s start with these overall benefits of Walnuts… in case you need some convincing. Then we’ll talk about how walnuts may improve your colon health.
First on the list actually goes to the cardiovascular system. No research has been more fully evaluated than the research regarding walnuts’ benefits for the heart and circulatory system. Furthermore, many aspects of our cardiovascular system are optimally functioned by the presence of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, proper blood composition, correct balance in inflammation regulating molecules, and proper composition and flexibility in our blood vessel walls. And get this, research has determined that the consumption of walnuts has a positive impact on all of these aspects.
Metabolic syndrome is another condition positively affected by consuming healthy amounts of walnuts. As much as 25% of the nation is diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome which includes high blood pressure.
Now, before we discuss the benefits of walnuts for your colon health – look here:
Walnuts are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients so it’s really no surprise that the research on this nut shows measurable anti-cancer benefits.
So, what do you think… Want some walnuts yet?
They’re actually pretty tasty too – semi sweet with a kind of delicious bitterness that I personally have never found in another treat. Be reminded that this is a tree nut and if you are susceptible to allergies, it may not be the one for you.
Otherwise, remember those anti-cancer benefits? – The newest research available as of last month from the journal Cancer Prevention Research finds that eating walnuts (about an ounce per day) may change bacteria in the gut in such a way that suppresses colon cancer.
The research was conducted using lab mice that ate 7 to ten and a half percent of their total calories as walnuts. These were the mice that developed fewer colon cancers!
“Our results show for the first time that walnut consumption may reduce colon tumor development,” said principal investigator Dr. Daniel W. Rosenberg of UConn Health – where the study was performed. “There is accumulating evidence that eating walnuts may offer a variety of benefits related to health issues like cancer. This study shows that walnuts may also act as a probiotic to make the colon healthy, which in turn offers protection against colon tumors.”
As colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the world, the researchers are feeling positive about this.
“We’re excited about future studies where we will be able to look at food consumption patterns to see how these results apply to humans.” said Rosenberg.
As part of the research, scientists found that walnut consumption did something quite phenomenal. It pushed the gut microbiome toward an ecology that was potentially protective against cancer. While it’s still unclear how this works, exactly, researchers have some clues. For example, the team brought in an additional collaborator – Dr. George Weinstock and colleagues at the Jackson Laboratory. This crew took fecal samples for analyzation of the living bacteria in their digestive tracts and hence the result of the microbiome.
Still need some convincing? Don’t like walnuts? Don’t know how to eat walnuts?
There’s always going to be someone that doesn’t like a walnut. It’s kind of like a fine wine of the nut family. Try them on salads and in casseroles to get a healthy dose without forcing them down your throat.
Finally – remember everything in moderation. If you’re a nut lover, make sure to mix up your intake – this way you’ll be getting the optimal doses of nutrients from the mix. Try to make walnuts a priority in your life, especially if you have a family history of best colon cleanse or other colon related disorders/diseases.