Is there a connection between how a food looks and what it does for your body? Check out the following picture of the walnut and the human brain. The old adage of walnuts being brain food is based upon the ‘law of similiars’ that like provides nutrition and healing for like. So walnuts go support the brain, a tomato with its four chambers to support the heart, an avocado to support the male and female reproductive organs are all examples of like supports like or like heals like.
It is very interesting how much a walnut half looks like a brain. The human brain is made up of about 60% of what is called “structural fat” and requires high-quality fats, like omega-3’s to function properly by keeping the brain fluid and flexible. Walnuts are loaded with omega-3’s, which make them the ultimate “brain food.”
Some studies have linked low consumption of omega-3s to depression and decreased cognitive function. So making walnuts part of your alkaline diet (in moderation, of course) could be a good way to boost your spirits as well as your IQ.
We all need sleep to stay balanced. Did you know that walnuts also triple melatonin levels in the body? Melatonin is one of the body’s sleep regulating hormones, so if you’re tired of counting sheep at night, maybe a pre-bedtime snack of walnuts would help you get your daily needed sleep.
Walnuts also contain manganese, copper, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium—all nutrients which are important to good health, and walnuts, like most nuts, can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health when eaten as part of an alkaline lifestyle and diet.