A study conducted by two institutes, University of Connecticut Health Center and Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in collaboration has found that walnuts can maintain an optimal balance in the gut microbiome which in turn can help with the prevention of colon cancer by inhibiting the growth of tumors.

For the research, mice were employed and divided into two groups. The first group, termed the control group, was given mouse chow with walnuts. The second group, which served as the treatment group, was fed a diet that replicated the average American diet’s nutritional profile. The treatment group was also given walnuts.

The outcome of the study showed that the treatment group had less risk of colon cancer. The male mice of this group experienced this benefit more than the female mice. With this, researchers came to the conclusion that the ability of walnuts to optimize gut microbiome is what grants them anti-cancer properties.

Nuts are nutrient dense and hence, come packed with multiple health benefits. Of these, the brain shaped dried fruit is especially good for one’s mental health. Walnut can not only improve one’s cognitive functionality, but it can also sharpen one’s memory by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Its merits aren’t limited to brain health; it can reduce one’s risk for developing cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, stroke and heart disease as well. Walnuts can take down high blood pressure levels too. They can improve one’s digestion and prevent constipation. They also benefit one’s gut health.

This is because they can balance gut bacteria as well as eliminate toxins from the body. This property doesn’t only give them anti-cancer abilities, but it also makes them prevent obesity. Walnuts can make one feel fuller for longer as well which is how they encourage weight maintenance.