“High in omega-3 fats and anti-inflammatory polyphenols, walnuts are also uniquely high in antioxidants—including some exceedingly rare and highly prized ones like juglone, thought to explain the connection between walnut consumption and decreased prostate and breast cancer risk—which help scavenge and neutralize rogue pro-inflammatory free radicals,” Kulze says. Because of this, as well as a special form of vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol, the nut is exceptionally good for shielding your heart. That’s not all. Research has linked the consumption of walnuts with protection against type 2 diabetes, dementia, macular degeneration, metabolic syndromes, even stress, Kulze adds.
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