Walnuts (Juglans regia) are a tree nut belonging to the walnut family. They originated in the Mediterranean region and Central Asia, and have been part of the human diet for thousands of years.

Walnuts are a rich source of Omega 3 (ALA) fatty acids which help to lower “unhealthy” LDL cholesterol levels. In addition they contain a range of antioxidants which help reduce the incidence of a number of diseases.

They are also thought to be a mood-lifter, containing the brain chemical serotonin.

Nutritional Benefits

Omega 3

Omega 3 ALA (alpha linolenic acid) is an essential fatty acid which our body does not produce and therefore must be obtained through our food. ALA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels, reduces inflammation and increases metabolism.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, helps allow the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food and also helps to form haemoglobin – the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body.

Vitamin E

A highly effective antioxidant that contributes to the protection of body cells and tissues from oxidative stress.