Walnut oil is extracted from walnut which is known scientifically as Juglans regia. The extraction method is either cold pressed or refined and this oil is one of the most expensive natural oils in the market. Walnut is grown all over the world including the United States of America. Both the cold pressed and refined oil contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats especially linleic, gamma-linolenic and oleic acids. These fats are acts as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds and are these are known as the good fat because they have fast energy conversion and beneficial effects. There are many valuable benefits for walnut oil and it helps in weight loss, it improves the appearance of the skin, improves heart health, makes the hair stronger, eases tension, enhances liver health, prevents infection and protects against oxidative stress. The health benefits of walnuts were first discovered in 1937 and the researchers found that walnut was major source of vitamin C. Research over the past 70 years have shown that walnut and walnut oil consumption on a regular basis has clear health benefits for human beings. The most important health benefit is its capacity to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Adding walnut to the daily diet will help one to maintain a healthy body balance. Regular use of walnut oil supply a dietary source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants and it is difficult attain both especially in a typical Western diet. Walnut oil also helps in slowing down the aging process.
There are three important elements of the walnut oil that help protect the skin which is the antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory elements. Antioxidants help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the skin and make the skin look younger and glowing. The antibacterial component protects the skin against the pathogens because this is the most important part in the body which is exposed to direct sunlight. The anti-inflammatory component helps the skin soothe serious skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and even severe cases of inflammation or allergic reactions. These three important components in walnut oil together keep the skin young, glowing and attractive.
The walnut oil is composed of more than 70% polyunsaturated fats and also a major amount of monounsaturated fats. Walnut oil is zero cholesterol oil and is ideal for improving heart health by increasing the circulation, decreasing fat deposits, enhancing energy and lowering blood pressure. All these components mean lowered risk of atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attack. Walnut oil can be massaged on to the scalp blended with other essential oils. As carrier oil, walnut oil, moisturises the skin and get rid of different infections found in the skin and scalp. It has the capacity to get rid of the dandruff which is a common problem found all over the world.
Walnut oil has anti-inflammatory properties and the oil work effectively both inside and outside. It can be applied topically on sore joints and muscles and it will reduce inflammation and pain. When consumed internally it will improve blood vessels function and helps the heart function smoothly. Walnut oil has antioxidants properties which get rid of the free radicals which are produced through cellular metabolism which affect the body cells and tissues in many ways causing apoptosis or cellular mutation and increasing the risk of cancer. The antioxidants present in the walnut oil help reduce the oxidative stress in the body.
Good for Brain
There are studies which show that eating nuts is good for the brain. Eating nuts is strongly connected to long life and studies show that people who ate nuts daily had a 20% lower death rate compared to people who don’t consume nuts. But from the point of view of the brain health all nuts are not formed uniformly. There is a great variation in the health benefits in different types of nuts from the perspective of brain health. Walnuts are the top nut for brain health according to studies because of the presence of high concentration of DHA in it. DHA is a kind of omega 3 fatty acid and it protects the brain health in newborns and it improves mental performance in adults. There are studies which say that mothers who get enough DHA have smarter kids and a quarter cup of walnuts is all what is needed to provide 100% of the recommended daily intake of DHA. This is also one of the reasons why walnut is called the “brain food”.
Walnut oil contains good amount of potassium which is useful in enhancing hair growth and it also stimulates the production of new cells protecting follicle health. The oil has moisturising and antibacterial effects which can also prevent premature loss of hair. This oil can help regulate blood sugar levels and insulin production in the pancreas. This is ideal for people who are struggling to maintain their blood sugar levels and also for people already suffering from diabetes. It helps diabetic patient to lead a normal life and also helps people who wants to reduce weight and reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Boosts Immune System
Walnut oil boosts the immune system through its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. The immune health starts on the skin and ends inside the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. The almond oil can improve organ system function and relieve strain on the immune system and concentrate on other pressing threats. The oil can reduce stress by providing energetic boost to the body and mind. It calms the mind and soothes the senses and almond oil has been associated with balancing mood and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Walnut oil is used by patients suffering from the autoimmune disease called psoriasis. Psoriasis is a genetically formed inflammatory condition which is triggered by cold weather, stress and infections. Adding walnut oil to the affected area helps soothe the inflammation. The oil can be applied on the spot directly or mixed with water while having bath.
There are many side effects for walnut oil so it is better to consult a doctor before using this oil. The side effects are limited like chances of stomach issues and few cardiovascular concerns. The use of this oil is safe for majority of the people when applied or consumed in moderation. Some may have blood pressure lowering effects when the oil is used and this may cause conflicts with other hypertension medicines, so it is better to consult a doctor before using the oil internally. Walnut oil, when used in conjunction with other medicines may cause the blood sugar to come down dangerously low. So people with diabetes must be careful while consuming walnut oil without the consultation with their doctor.
There are chances of skin irritation when walnut oil is used topically for cosmetic and medicinal purposes, blended with many powerful, concentrated oils. It is better to do a patch test before using the oil and wait for few hours to see whether there is any negative impact on your sensitive skin. It is safe to use the walnut oil internally but since it is extremely potent it may cause an inflammatory response in the gut. This may happen in the form of stomach upset, bloating, cramping, diarrhoea, nausea and even vomiting. If any such symptoms happens by consuming walnut oil it is better to stick to the topical application only.
Walnut oil is widely used for culinary purposes because it has a rich and nutty flavour. It is ideal for salad dressing, to flavour fish and steaks, to toss with pasta and to enhance the taste of the dessert. It is best used uncooked or in cold sauces mainly because when heated it becomes a bit bitter. There is another type of walnut which is called the black walnut. The hull of the black walnut contains juglone which is a chemical that is antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antiviral and a fungicide. Black walnut hulls are used to treat ringworm and yeast infection of the skin in the form of skin wash. The black walnut hulls are taken internally to treat intestinal worms.
Walnut oil is a perfect and natural alternative to oils like linseed, stand oil and harsh solvents used for painting. Artists all over the world have shifted to walnut oil because of the allergy created by some elements in the traditionally used oils in oil painting. Walnut oil gets mixed with the paints easily compared to stand oil or linseed oil. Walnut oil is also good for cleaning paint brushes. Walnut oil is one of the most important oils used by the Renaissance painters and it is popular with the painter because of its short drying time and lack of yellow tint. It is the perfect oil paint base thinner and brush cleaner. There are some carpenters who prefer walnut oil as a finish for equipment that will come in contact with food, like cutting boards and wooden bowl because it safe to use. People who work by mixing oil and wax to create wood finishes prefer walnut oil as the main ingredient because of the edibility of both ingredients