Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Remarkable Nut of Nuts

In this recipe, walnuts and dried red dates are combined to make a healthy and life-giving dessert. And with honey added, it packs a punch.

A truly simple dessert which is used to prevent the usual flu magnets - colds and coughs. It helps too with your kidneys and with bowel movement.

Walnuts are much revered in Chinese medicine, not least because the nut resembles the brain! Again, the Chinese believe that walnuts are good snacks for children as they help boost brain power which is true because of the high amounts of Omega 3 fats (good for the brain).

Walnuts are of course a good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids and in Roman times, considered the food of the gods.

Walnuts are a 'yang' tonic and useful for toning up weak kidneys. It also warms lung Qi while acting as a laxative, moistening the intestines (hence encouraging bowel movement if you are constipated).

Walnuts are called Hu Tao Ren (juglans regia) in Chinese medicine.


Walnut & Red Date Dessert

150 gm walnuts
150 gm dried red dates, remove pits
3 tbsp honey
5 cups water

Bring to boil all ingredients except honey. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour. Add honey just before serving. Remember to serve warm!


Some walnut trivia:

Did you know that walnuts soaked in vodka for a month can be used as an energizing tonic for strengthening your kidneys?

Aside these, walnuts pack a punch because they are great for people with hypertension. They contain relatively high levels of l-arginine, an essential amino acid which inside the body is converted into nitric oxide, a chemical that helps keep the inner walls of blood vessels smooth and allows blood vessels to relax.

It is a remarkable nut for its helpful cardio properties! Recommended eating is about a handful of walnuts about 3-4 times a week. Or just 4 walnuts a day is all you need.

And if you want to sleep well at night, eat walnuts!
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