Eating Walnuts Can Help Prevent Cancer

walnutThe study (link below) quoted in the reference showed decreased number and size of prostate cancer for mice eating the equivalent of two handfuls of walnuts. You probably wonder what a pediatrician is doing worrying about prostate cancer. Well, all children have a dad who is at risk and other older male relatives, but it turns out the heath benefits of walnuts can help reduce most cancers.  

Walnuts are known to be one of the best sources of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Our modern diet is lacking in Omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts are also the best source of polyphenolic antioxidants compared to all other edible nuts, with the highest free-radical absorbance, likely a key mechanism in their cancer preventing power.  Walnuts are also loaded with minerals, like manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium, all which have important health benefits.

Unless you are allergic to these nuts, I recommend you add them to your family’s diet.  If you have a peanut allergy in your family, you still most likely can eat walnuts, which are a tree nut. If in doubt, rub a little on your wrist and wait a few hours.  If no reaction, take a small bite and wait a day and repeat that for a few days.  If still fine, I suspect you’ll be OK with these nuts.  You can also have specific IGE against walnuts and other nuts measured in a blood test.


Read the Study Here


Dr. Paul

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