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Nutritional Supplements Library Black Walnut

Nutritional Supplements Library

Black Walnut


What is Black walnut?

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The Black Walnut or American Walnut (Juglans nigra L.) is a native of eastern North America, where it grows, mostly alongside rivers, from southern Ontario, Canada west to southeast South Dakota, south to Georgia and southwest to central Texas.It is also known as English Walnut and Persian Walnut.Trees range in height from 70-150 feet and have a diameter of 2-4 feet. The compound leaves are between 1 and 2 feet long. The tree has large, pinnately compound leaves, 12 to 24 inches long with 15 to 23 leaflets. The leaf stems are covered with fine hairs, but are smoother than butternut. The fruit is a large, rounded, brownish black nut with a hard, thick, finely ridged shell enclosing a rich, oily kernel.
The nut is black and ridged with the kernel having a high-quality taste. The kernel is edible and highly nutritious.Blackwalnut contains tannins and quinone compounds. These tannins and quinone compounds are the primary components that give this herb the ability to expel worms and other parasites.


What is the effective dosage of black walnut supplementation?

Black walnut leaf decoctions (extract) for external use are prepared using 2-3 g dried leaf per 100ml cold water. The cut leaf is placed in cold water and brought to a boil and simmered for about 15 minutes or follow the directions written on product label.


What are the benefits of black walnut supplementation?

• Black walnut is a rich source of iodine and trace minerals. It also contains linolenic acid and vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid.
• It helps to relieve constipation, and is also useful against fungal & parasitic infections. It may also help eliminate warts, which troublesome growths are caused by viruses.
• It is reputed to be beneficial for eczema, herpes, psoriasis, and skin parasites. Its external applications have been known to kill ringworm.
• It has an antiseptic, a germicide, antiparasitic, and a laxative properties.
• It contains a number of active ingredients, including omega-3 fatty acids called alpha linolenic acid (ALA), sterols, and tannins; this may help to protect the body against heart disease.


What are the side effects of black walnut supplementation?

It is safe if taken in recommended doses and for brief periods. It is not recommended for extended periods or in high dosage until further studies of its therapeutic effects and potential toxicity have been carried out.
Cautions-
• People allergic to walnuts should avoid using it.