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Ever wondered what exactly you stand to gain by consuming walnuts ?, then perhaps you should read this article to the end. The African Walnuts belong to the family Euphorbiaceae and its botanical name is Tetracarpidium conophorum. They are single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree and are fortified with proteins and essential fatty acids as well as other essential vitamins needed for the body. Popularly known as “Asala” by the Yoruba tribe and  “Ukpa” by the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, walnuts have a major role to play in boosting overall health conditions and also prevention of harmful diseases.

Here are a few health benefits of the African Walnut.

  • Treatment of Infertility– Walnuts have been proven to boost the overall production and health status of sperm in men, it is also highly recommended to boost sperm count and spermatozoa development. Extracts from the leaves can also be used to treat infertility as well as fibroids in women.
  • Maintenance of the heart– Due to its high Omega-3 and l-arginine content , walnuts are also good for the prevention of cardiovascular and heart related ailments such as heart attacks, coronary artery diseases and hypertension.
  • Prevention of cancer–  Walnuts possess antioxidants which highly helps to reduce the chances of having a cancer growth in the body. It is more especially a good preventive measure for prostate as well as breast cancers.
  • Anti-aging agent– Due to the presence of Vitamin E as well as other antioxidants a regular consumption of walnuts can help your skin glow hereby giving you an overall younger and healthier look.
  • Walnuts can also be used to prevent excessive weight gain as it helps to reduce and balance the level of cholesterol in the body
  • Boosts overall brain performance–  African walnuts are also referred to as “brain food” because of their ability to boost cognitive functioning and overall brain health.
  • It promotes healthy sleep-  Regular intake of walnuts at bedtime can help you get a better sleep due to the presence of melatonin in the nuts.
  • It also boosts the overall body immune system and helps combat disease-causing pathogens and bacteria.
  • Some people also testify that regular intake of walnuts can help get rid of mouth odour.
  • The leaf extracts can also be used to cure a variety of ailments in folk medicine, ranging from malaria to headaches, gastroenteritis diseases such as dysentery, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting. It is also used for prevention of miscarriages during pregnancy, regulation of menstrual flow,relief from hiccups, treatment of toothaches, and also antidotes for poison.

Growing up walnuts used to be a delicacy, I clearly remember my Father was our major source of walnuts, although we had no idea what the benefits were at that time, I really did enjoy cracking it open and taking out the thin layer that divides it (we used to call it “the tongue”) before finally eating the nut. Especially when going on road trips. Walnut asides from being a fruit is also a good snack, it can also be dried and grounded into powder form and used to season meals. Its also helps keep the skin and hair healthy.

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