These brainy looking tree nuts are overflowing with goodness. A recent review paper from Spain gave a detailed assessment of the nutrients walnuts contain. They are rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and are particularly high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Recent clinical studies suggest that metabolising ALA can help to promote anti-inflammatory molecules in our systems. Preliminary research is suggestive that ALA could also be protective for your nerve cells from damage. The micronutrient content of walnuts is high. To add to this, this content seems to be bioavailable to the body and can help us to be healthier. It seems that walnuts have a number of important nutrients that have synergistic effects making them even more of a power nut the nuttiest nut of all nuts! Please consult your dietitian with any major changes to your diet.
For full article: Beneficial effects of walnut consumption on human health role of micronutrients.
Emilio Ros, Maria Izquierdo-Pulido, Aleix Sala-Vila
Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care, 2018 Nov;21(6):498-504. doi: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000508.