Walnut packagers cannot tell you this, but walnuts are an amazing superfood.
Studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts help to lower cholesterol levels; protect against heart disease, stroke and cancer; ease arthritis and other inflammatory diseases; fight depression and mental illness; and provide a host of other benefits. But putting these benefits on the walnut package label is illegal, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Never mind. I can tell you about these benefits and more provided by the tasty nut.
Researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles found that consuming less than a handful of walnuts each day helped people of almost all ages perform better on a series of six cognitive tests that looked at brain function.
The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. Lead author Dr. Lenore Arab stated in a press release about the study, “It isn’t every day that research results in such simple advice — eating a handful of walnuts daily as a snack, or as part of a meal, can help improve your cognitive health.”
With some 36 million people in the world today suffering from dementia, why won’t the FDA allow walnut packagers to put this stunning information on their packaging?
Because the FDA is all about protecting Big Pharma, and Big Pharma cannot patent walnuts like it can Aricept, donepezil, Exelonl, Rzadyne, galantamine and rivastigmine — all patented drugs for treating dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Many natural foods provide omega-3 fatty acids, but walnuts are unique in that they contain alpha-linolenic acid, a plant-based omega-3 that is not found in quantity in many other nuts but has been proven to have both heart and brain benefits. No doubt if Big Pharma could figure a way to profit from walnuts it would grab control of them in a second and they would be in every medicine cabinet across the land.
But don’t keep them in the medicine cabinet. Keep them handy for snacking or include them in your salads.
They keep your brain sharp.