Benefits of Walnut Oil

Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, protein, phytonutrients, zinc, iron, selenium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, E and K.

Just by looking over this list it is easy to understand why the oil made from these nuts is so precious for our well being.

In fact, research has shown that walnut oil actually packs more of these great properties than the same amount of walnuts eaten whole.

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Internal benefits

The easiest way to benefit from walnut oil is with your food. Just like whole walnuts, walnut oil comes with multiple nutritional and health benefits, as long as it is fresh and unrefined (cold pressed organic oil), and you consume it uncooked.

Eating walnut oil uncooked means adding it to salads, pasta, steaks and grilled fish, as well as in cold sauces; moreover, its nutty flavor makes walnut oil perfect for desserts, too.

Once you have opened it, keep the oil refrigerated or on a cool dark shelf, but for no more than 6 months. Use it to supplement your diet regularly; for dietary purposes, one tablespoon of walnut oil per day will do.

Walnut oil improves blood flow, and lowers triglyceride and total and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels, as well as the risk of coronary heart disease and arthritis.

Its laxative properties can be an aid in weight loss, and it may even reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, but more research is needed there. While it has also been shown to be helpful in fatty liver, people with hepatitis and other serious liver conditions should never consume any type of oil, though.

Moreover, the antioxidants found in walnuts counteract free radicals, thus slowing down the aging process and cellular damage. The ellagic acid is the most common walnut antioxidant, and is present alongside other two antioxidants, gallic and malic acid; their antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties have been well documented.

External benefits

In small undiluted amounts, walnut oil can serve as home remedy; there are several ways to use it for your skin and hair, aside from adding it to your diet.

Therefore, when you need a skin moisturizer that is non-greasy, yet rich, apply topically some walnut oil in circular motion, as it helps diminish and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It is also useful in skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, where it can soothe inflammation; depending on the area that is affected, you can apply it locally, or add some to your bath.

Due to its anti-fungal properties, it fights candida and other fungal infections when applied directly over the affected area.

For long, glossy hair that is free of dandruff, mix some oil with an egg yolk and massage your scalp gently with this rich hair treatment.

Finally, walnut oil is a dense and scented oil that is great in aromatherapy and massage; when used for massage, its rich nutty scent relaxes the mind, while its mild analgesic effect relieves body pains and aches.

To achieve the best results, pair these topical applications with walnut oil in your diet.


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