Walnuts are the only nut – and one of few other foods – that offers sizable amounts of a crucial type of heart-healthy polyunsaturated fat called alpha linolenic acid, or ALA. This is important because those of us with PCOS are vulnerable to high levels of inflammation.
An omega 3 fatty acid, ALA improves your ratio of HDL “good” cholesterol to LDL, as well as reducing inflammation, which, in turn, helps to block the conversion of cholesterol into artery-clogging plaque.
The ALA in walnuts also plays a significant role in boosting brain and cognitive function, with low levels of the acid associated with depression and other mood disorders.
Keep your intake to a handful of nuts/seeds daily and you’ll be getting a great dose of fiber, healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
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