Category Archives: Walnuts

Walnuts as a Source of Alpha Linolenic Acid

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Alpha Linolenic Acid Is Neuroprotective

Alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is a long chain fatty acid synthesised by plants. It is polyunsaturated fatty acid and contains three double bonds. Alpha linolenic acid is present in small amounts in most plants, and green leafy vegetables … Continue reading

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Alpha Linolenic Acid: Cardiovascular Risk

Alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is an essential fatty acid that has vitamin like effects in humans. Intakes of ALA must be balanced with intake of the other essential fatty acid linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)), and the dietary … Continue reading

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Raw Versus Roasted Nuts

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Essential Fatty Acids Protect From Insulin Resistance

One of the main problems with the Western diet is that it lacks a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Studies show that fish oils provide a large range of health effects to Westerners consuming a typical Western diet and … Continue reading

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Cholesterol Lowering Foods: Tree Nuts

Research has identified a number of foods that have the potential to favourably modify plasma cholesterol levels. One group of foods that has consistently shown this ability is the tree nuts. The efficacy of tree nuts to favourably modify plasma … Continue reading

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Absorbable Energy From Walnuts

Walnuts are a good source of a number of nutrients including the omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)), minerals, vitamins and antioxidants such as ellagic acid. Evidence suggests that consuming walnuts is associated with a decreased of … Continue reading

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Walnuts: Brain Food

It is often claimed that brain diseases such as dementia are a result of an ageing population, but this theory is flawed for two main reasons. Firstly, Western individuals are not living longer compared to those from the early 20th … Continue reading

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Why Are Walnuts Cardioprotective?

Walnuts are nutritionally interesting. Like most nuts, walnuts are a good source of fibre, are high in protein and fat, and low in carbohydrates. Walnuts also contain high concentrations of vitamin and minerals, although the mineral content is dependent on … Continue reading

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The Walnut Tree

The walnut tree (Juglans sp.) is a large deciduous tree which originates from south eastern Europe and western Asia. It has been introduced to many countries, including Britain, where it can be found growing wild, or is often grown for … Continue reading

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