Omega-3 fatty acids are responsible for improving your blood flow and good cholesterol. Not only are walnuts packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but they also are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which your body then converts into inflammation-fighting eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). By being a source of a less common form of vitamin E, walnuts will also help you fight heart disease.*
Because of their healthy attributes, there was a time when the FDA wanted to call walnuts a heart drug. Enjoy a handful of raw walnuts or chop some up to enhance the texture of hearty oatmeal or refreshing salads.
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