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Walnuts are amazing. And now, researchers have revealed another great benefit of walnuts – happiness!
The Mood Altering Effects of Walnuts
Walnuts may have mood boosting elements, according to experts. Dr. Peter Pribis from the University of New Mexico conducted a study that measured the effects of walnuts on mood.
“In the past, studies on walnuts have shown beneficial effects on many health outcomes like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Our study was different because we focused on cognition, in this controlled randomized trial (CTR) we measured mood outcomes in males and females” says Peter Pribis.
Participants in the study consumed banana bread. Half of the participants consumed banana bread with walnuts and the other half without walnuts for several weeks. Following the trial period, participants completed a validated questionnaire for identifying moods, and there were amazing results.
Twenty eight percent of the young men who consumed the banana bread with walnuts in the study reported an improvement in mood versus those who ate banana bread without walnuts. Unfortunately, the same was not found with females, but additional research could show the same effects for women.
With these results, researchers looked into the nutrients of walnuts to see what may be contributing to the difference in mood for young men. Some of the nutrients that could be making the difference are:
- Alpha-linolenic acid
- Vitamin E
These nutrients aren’t only good for mood, but for sleep, heart health, skin, and more. Sleeping better and looking better may even have something to do with feeling better, which could be what contributes to the better mood. What we know for sure is that walnuts are an all-around good food to eat on a regular basis to improve health in many different ways.
The mood boosting effects of walnuts have been shown in research now. Including this nut in your diet can change your life for the better.
When choosing walnuts for maximum health benefits, choose organic ones. They are the purest available, and contain the highest concentration of nutrients possible. This way you know you’re getting exactly what you need to feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Consider our organic walnuts. They have been cultivated with love to give you the best flavor and maximum health benefits. You won’t believe it until you taste them and experience how you feel when they are part of your diet.