Dr. Wonson’s Kitchen: Vegetarian Walnut Meatballs
For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has viewed walnuts as a brain food. One of the oldest principals of Chinese herbal medicine says that eating foods that resemble parts of the body can actually benefit that body part.
The surface of the walnut resembles the crinkled brain surface, so this is why it is believed to benefit the brain. Modern science also confirms that walnuts contain nutrients that may help protect your brain from damaging inflammation and support good brain function as you age.
Walnuts have many health benefits:
- Excellent source of antioxidants that can help fight oxidative damage in your body, including damage due to “bad” LDL cholesterol, which promotes atherosclerosis.
- Good source of the plant form of omega-3 fat, which may help reduce heart disease risk.
- Contain several plant compounds and nutrients which may help decrease inflammation, which is a key culprit in many chronic diseases.
- Nourishes the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut. This promotes the health of your gut and strengthens your immune system.
- Polyphenols in walnuts may reduce your risk of certain cancers, including breast, prostate and colorectal cancers.
- Help control type 2 diabetes, reduce your risk of the disease and help control your weight. Walnuts might have more direct effects on blood sugar control as well.
- Eating 1 ounce (28 grams) of nuts daily, including walnuts, as part of a heart-healthy diet may help improve blood pressure and lower harmful cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which contribute to heart disease risk
- A healthy diet that includes walnuts may help preserve physical function, such as walking and self-care abilities as you age.
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