Introduction and General Data
Walnuts together with the oil that is obtained from these nuts are amazingly rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fatty acids that are remarkably good at preservation of health in general and are particularly efficient in prevention of certain medical conditions.
Nutritionists pay huge attention to walnuts. However, even the consumption of walnut oil can be equally beneficial. Normally the walnut oil that is consumed needs to be unrefined because only in that form it can provide with the appropriate nutrients. Walnuts contain plenty of phytonutrients. These nuts are rich in certain B group vitamins such as B1,B2 and B3. Even vitamin E is present in desirable amounts. As for minerals selenium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, and calcium are present in optimal amounts.
Health Benefits of Walnut Oil
It was in 1937 when certain scientists found the presence of noteworthy amount of vitamin C in walnut oil. Since then a large number of studies have been conducted in order to discover other potential health benefits of walnut oil. During that period of time this oil has proven to be good for health in case that it is consumed regularly.
The most important role of walnut oil is prevention of certain heart conditions. This can be easily explained as walnut oil reduces the entire cholesterol in the body. Additionally it controls and is responsible for proper ratio between bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol HDL. Additionally the level of triglycerides can be drastically reduces if one uses walnut oil on regular bases. All in all, this way cholesterol and triglycerides cannot accumulate on the walls of the arteries and induce the process of atherosclerosis. Consequently heart is adequately protected and all of this can be perfectly obtained if one consumes 1.5 ounces of walnuts a day. This positive effect of walnut oil is achieved by the presence of omega-3 fatty acids especially alpha-linolenic acid.
Walnuts are rich in antioxidants. Actually they posses the highest amount of these protective substances in comparison to all the other types of tree nuts. Ellagic acid is the most present antioxidant in walnuts. This acid is in charge with suppression of replication of malignant tumors. It also possesses antiseptic and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Ellagic acid is excellent warrior against bacteria and viruses. There are two more antioxidants that are present in walnuts, gallic acid and malic acid. Still they are not as efficient as egallic acid.
All in all, regular consumption of walnut oil is great in prevention of heart conditions and certain malignancies. Even the aging process that is accelerated by the influence of free radicals can be adequately reduced due to the presence of vital antioxidants.