August 10, 2017

African walnuts: “the emperor of all nuts”

 
By agronigeria
Have you ever considered the capacity of any fruit towards reducing your hair fall, strengthening your hair, and improving your hair growth? African walnut – a fruit extremely rich in vitamin B7 (biotin), is a good hair food.
African walnut is an edible single seeded stone fruit botanically called Tetracarpidium conophoram and Coula edults – a black-shelled nut popularly eaten as snacks among many Nigerians, and popularly known as asala, awusa, ukpa, kasoor, and ngak in parts of the country.

Unfortunately, this fruit is only famous for roadside sales which currently serves as its major distribution point to consumers.

African Walnut is a rich source of vitamins (vitamin B6, B7, E, thiamin, and foliate), and encompasses Minerals (magnesium which is highly needed by the body daily), proteins, fibre, health fats, plant sterols and antioxidant, at immeasurable level. In comparison to other nuts, it is considered the ‘emperor’ of nuts due to the numerous health benefits it has to offer.
In addition, it has the ability to prevent heart disease (coronary heart disease) as it contains amino acid 1-arginine, lowers the risk of sudden cardiac death, and supports healthful cholesterol level. Also, it contains very powerful antioxidant such as flavonol morin, quinine juglone, and tannin tellimagrandin that are rare in most foods and fruits – this effective antioxidant helps to control aging heart problems.
The presence of omega 3 fats helps for optimum brain function, vitamin E and folate which is highly needed by the brain as it supports the area of memory, enhance cognitive functions, and increase inferential reasoning in adults.
It contains cancer fighting properties like phytosterols, omega 3 fatty-acid, and antioxidant that helps to reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancer in humans.
Furthermore, consuming this walnut enriches the body with Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acid, which is vital for disease prevention in the body, blood clothing, cell growth, and immune infection. Moreover, the capacity of it in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity cannot be over-emphasised.
Walnut is also helpful in terms of maintaining your ideal weight, as it contains proteins, fibre, and Omega 3 that helps provide satiety. Walnut can be used as a herb to tackle asthma, detoxifying the kidney, curing constipation, and finally the bark is used in tea as laxative and chewed for toothache problems.