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Eastern Health Description

Warming thermal nature; sweet flavor; walnuts can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. This effect may be due to their omega-3 oils content (5% of its total oils). They also moisten the lungs and intestines, and help relieve coughing and wheezing accompanied by signs of coldness (e.g., chills and watery mucus), nourish the kidney-adrenals and brain, and enrich the sperm. They treat involuntary seminal emission and impotency, cold and painful back and knees, and other kidney yang deficiencies, as well as constipation from dryness in the elderly. Avoid taking walnuts in cases of loose stools and heat signs (e.g., red face, anger, tendency to canker sores, yellow mucus, or strong thirst). Walnuts may harbor parasites; roasting and other methods of cooking make them safe to eat.

Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods. CA: North Atlantic Books, 2002.

Western Health Description

No aspect of walnuts has been better evaluated in the research than their benefits for the heart and circulatory system. Some review studies have emphasized the very favorable impact of walnuts on "vascular reactivity," namely, the ability of our blood vessels to respond to various stimuli in a healthy manner. In order to respond to different stimuli in a healthy way, many aspects of our cardiovascular system must be functioning optimally. These aspects include: ample presence of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, proper blood composition, correct balance in inflammation-regulating molecules, and proper composition and flexibility in our blood vessel walls. Researchers have determined the ability of walnuts to have a favorable impact on all of these aspects.

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