Black Walnut: the Imperial Nut of Rome

Black Walnut: the Imperial Nut of Rome

For many years, people have been consuming black walnuts as an aid for improving health and using it in various medicines.  The health benefits of black walnut are widely varied, and it has been used as far back as ancient Rome (where it was referred to as the Imperial Nut).  In many countries it is a primary source of medical care, and its effects range from treating skin conditions to acting as a dietary supplement.

 Benefits Associated With Black Walnuts

 These nuts are eaten by many people simply for their taste.  Most are aware that they are healthy in some way, but not quite to the extent that they truly are.  Black walnut benefits the body by providing it impressively large amounts of nutrients, including potassium (a mineral that provides benefits to various organs throughout the body) and magnesium (a mineral that aids greatly in metabolic and detoxification processes in the body).  Also contained within these nuts are omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, both of which can prevent or treat various serious health conditions such as hypertension, high blood pressure, asthma and arthritis.  In some cases these substances have even been known to fight cancer.

 Daily consumption of walnuts in moderation can significantly reduce the likelihood of heart attacks, strokes, and heart-related complications.  This is because walnuts – especially black walnuts – regulate the cholesterol levels in our bodies.  Even in the event that a heart attack does occur, black walnuts help keep the heart safe by minimizing or preventing any lasting effects on the heart afterwards.  It can even help soothe heartburn, which is actually a result of an over-relaxed LES (lower esophageal sphincter) causing a backup of stomach acid.

Antifungal Qualities

 The fungus candida, a subfamily of yeast, is responsible for the majority of all cases of fungal infection in the world.  One of the benefits of black walnut is that introducing it into one’s daily diet will aid in the alkaline enrichment of the body, destroying most fungi and parasitic organisms as well as preventing new ones from developing.  Candida and other fungi cannot flourish in an alkaline rich environment.

 Black walnuts have actually been proven to be significantly more successful at treating and preventing fungal infections than most shelf-brand or prescribed antifungal medicine.  Assuming one is not allergic to black walnuts, simply eating more of them will greatly reduce the chance of falling ill.

 Other Uses

 Aside from the major benefits to heart health, defense against fungal diseases, and the abundance in potassium and magnesium, there are various other black walnut benefits that will keep you in good health.

 These walnuts are known to soothe the body’s arteries.  By acting as an anti-irritant, they effectively keep the arteries free from obstruction.  They also increase the rate of blood flow throughout the body, which allows oxygen to cycle through and reach more areas more quickly.  This translates to more energy, fewer issues, and an overall healthier feeling.  Finally, black walnuts aid the digestive system by acting as a light natural laxative.  Consuming just a few each day can resolve a case of indigestion, or prevent it from happening in the first place.

Further Usage: Medicinal Properties of the Husk

The outer shell of the walnut, known as the hull or husk, is actually incredibly useful.  Most dispose of the outer shells of nuts without a second thought.  Black walnut husks can be ground into a powder and subsequently turned into a paste or supplement, which can then be used topically or ingested for various benefits that the nut alone cannot provide.

When ingested, the hull can destroy parasites and tapeworms in the intestines, as well as promote the health of the thyroid and treat gout, rheumatism, and various gland disorders.  As a topical medication, black walnut husk powder can be applied to the skin to treat acne, provide relief from blisters, and dispel fungal infections such as ringworm.  This is due to the large amount of iodine contained in the shell.  It can also help cure psoriasis, eczema, canker sores, and various other skin problems.

Why It’s Called the Imperial Nut

The Romans named the black walnut the Imperial Nut because it was commonly used to treat just about everything.  To recap, this walnut:

  • Destroys parasites and fungi;
  • Dispels constipation;
  • Heals skin conditions;
  • Boosts the digestive system;
  • Resolves problems with blood sugar levels;
  • Eliminates high cholesterol;
  • Purifies the body of pathogens, impurities, and toxins.

People today ingest an indiscernible amount of chemically enhanced medicines to treat many or all of these problems, yet the Imperial Nut can solve all of them.  It is truly a holistic medicine.

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