Synergy of walnuts is powerful

walnuts-1213008_1920“Synergy” is an old word that came back into its own in the late-1970s, and perhaps is more significant now than ever when it comes to healthy living. It refers to elements working together to achieve a result greater than the sum of its parts.

Take walnuts for example. Eating them on a regular basis slows the growth of breast cancer, a problem of which I have had first-hand experience. A walnut is a powerhouse of plant elements that include omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants that include Vitamin E and melatonin (for healthy skin and better sleep), and plant hormones. Each of these chemicals in a walnut is a proven cancer fighter. All together they are anti-cancer dynamite for any type of cancer.

This also underscores the importance of consuming whole foods rather than just food components, often produced in pill form and sold over the counter. In other words, the synergy of whole foods provides far more health benefits than merely the vitamins, fatty acids, hormones and other elements on their own.

Walnuts are prevalent in a Mediterranean diet, which is proven to be one of the healthiest regimes the world has ever known. It should also be noted that walnuts are especially effective in lowering inflammation in the human body — which is critical in diminishing any cancer threat. Walnuts also contain traces of copper, potassium and magnesium — all of which together with other elements, including melatonin, are synergy superlatives.

Health experts recommend that each of us should consume 1-3 ounces of walnuts daily. That’s approximately 10-30 walnut pieces. It’s also important to remember that walnuts are highly perishable, so store them in closed containers away from heat and light to prevent their oils from becoming rancid. Seal seeds, nuts and oils in glass jars and place them in your refrigerator for longer shelf life.

Lisa Burbage

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