10 Black Walnut Benefits for Better Health
Black walnuts are a superfood with many beneficial properties.
They have been used traditionally by Native Americans, Chinese, Indian and Russian cultures for centuries for a wide variety of ailments.
Modern scientific research is only just starting to uncover some of the unique nutritional elements in these potent nuts.
Here are 10 different ways that eating black walnuts, or using black walnut hulls, can benefit your wellness and well-being.
10 Beneficial Effects of Black Walnuts
Black walnuts, and in particular black walnut hulls that are harvested green, are a well known vermifuge and are considered a premier treatment for pinworms, tapeworms, hookworms and other intestinal parasites.
Much more on how to use black walnut hulls for parasites here, along with two other effect anti-parasitic herbs to use in conjunction with it.
Like intestinal worms, candida overgrowth is another common, yet rarely diagnosed and debilitating problem affecting many people.
Most people have some candida albicans yeast in their digestive systems. Problems start though when intestinal conditions deteriorate with a diet high in simple sugars, prolonged stress and especially antibiotic use.
Intestinal candidiasis is an overgrowth of the candida fungus, which weakens the walls of your intestines and can release toxins into your bloodstream.
This plays havoc with your immune system and can manifest in a whole range of baffling symptoms which can be very difficult for your doctor to diagnose.
Studies on compounds found in black walnut extract have shown it to be as effective against candida as commercial antifungal treatments.
Naphthoquinone juglone, high levels of astringent tannins and other compounds in black walnut treatments may change the intestinal environment to make it unfavorable for the candida albicans fungus.
These same antifungal properties make this potent green hull tincture a popular treatment for athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch and other fungal infections of the skin.
To treat these fungal skin conditions the black walnut tincture can be applied externally to the affected areas and is often reported in online forums to be more effective for those who try them than pharmaceutical preparations.
Always patch test any preparations like this on the skin of your inner arm for several hours before using them to test for allergic reaction.
4. Skin Conditions
Black walnut benefits may include helping to treat many other skin conditions and problems like acne, eczema and psoriasis.
For acne, the tincture is taken both internally and sometimes apply diluted externally as a skin treatment. If applying it to your skin, it would once again be best to test it first for your own sensitivity.
To do this, mix a few drops in warm water and dab a small area in an inconspicuous part of your face with a cotton ball and leave it for an hour or two to see if you have any reaction.
While there are reports online of success with using black walnut extract internally for eczema and psoriasis, the tinctures extracted in alcohol would be too harsh to apply topically for these skin conditions.
5. Wart Treatment
Warts are growths on the skin caused by a viral infection. Black walnut hull extract is often reported to make warts shrivel up and die.
It is applied directly to the wart daily and covered with tape. This may take several weeks but many people find their warts starts shrinking and eventually die and fall off with this treatment.
There have also been cases discussed in online forums of multiple warts shrinking and disappearing after regularly taking a strong extract like this.
6. Stop Sweating
In one of the more unusual benefits of black walnut, it is known to help reduce excessive sweating.
The high levels of astringent tannins contained in the hulls have an effect on overactive sweat glands and decrease the amount of sweat they produce.
7. Improved Digestion
Alongside its powerful antiparasitic and anti-fungal properties for your gastrointestinal tract, black walnut has other beneficial effects on your digestive system.
Black walnut hull is said to tone and heal inflamed intestinal tissue, as well as improving the environment of the digestive tract for more effective assimilation and elimination.
It is for this reason that black walnut is considered a treatment for both constipation and diarrhea.
8. Sore Throat Treatment
You can gargle with a strong tincture like this diluted in water to treat a sore throat, tonsillitis and mouth sores.
Once again, the astringent tannins and naturally antiseptic iodine provide the beneficial effects.
9. Cardiovascular Benefits
In a study on the effects of black walnut consumption on blood lipid levels, they were shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the dangerous kind) for men by over 4%, even further than the more common English walnuts.
The researchers also noted that no weight gain was associated with black walnut consumption, despite their calories.
10. AntiCancer Black Walnuts
Numerous studies have found juglone, a cytotoxic compound found in walnuts, and most predominantly in black walnuts, to have anticancer properties.
Juglone has been demonstrated to lead to tumor cell death by both apoptosis and necrosis (Juglone, a naphthoquinone from walnut, exerts cytotoxic and genotoxic effects…).
Black walnuts are also rich in antioxidant polyphenols, which have properties that may help protect your cells from cancerous changes.
Eating Black Walnuts
While English walnuts are a very healthy food that can be eaten in moderation every day, fresh black walnuts like these appear to be a more high-powered version. They are better viewed as a medicine, rather than a snack food to be eaten in great quantities.
I hope this page has provided an overview of the many benefits of black walnuts and their hulls, as well as shared some good options if you’d like to give them a try for yourself.
I’d appreciate hearing about your experiences with eating them or using a concentrated extract like this.
Next is a deeper look at how to use black walnut hulls for parasites and intestinal worms.