Monday, October 24, 2011

Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra) Health Benefits and Side effects

[Medical Advisor journals] [The world healthy foods List] [The World Most Popular Herbs]

Black Walnut
is a flowering plant, genus Juglans, belonging to the family Juglandaceae, native to native to eastern North America. It has been used in traditional medicine the leaves to sooth skin and eye wash, treat toothache and as anti-parasitic, astringent and laxative agent.

Health Benefit
1. Anti aging
Black walnut contains a measurable amount of ellagic acid which may be promising treatment strategies interrupting skin wrinkle and inflammation associated with chronic UV exposure leading to photoageing, according to the study of "Dietary compound ellagic acid alleviates skin wrinkle and inflammation induced by UV-B irradiation” by Bae JY, Choi JS, Kang SW, Lee YJ, Park J, Kang YH, posted in PubMed(1). but also helps to prevent diseases, according to the article of "Use of Ellagic Acid for Disease Prevention" by Umesh Bhargava, Ph. D. (2). For more information of health benefits of ellagic acid, visit

2. Antibacterial activity
Tannins extract of phenolic compounds from several herbal plants, including Black Walnut have exerted the relatively high level of activity (62.5 to 125 microg/ml) in fighting against Listeria monocytogenes, according to the study of "Antibacterial activity of tannin constituents from Phaseolus vulgaris, Fagoypyrum esculentum, Corylus avellana and Juglans nigra" by Amarowicz R, Dykes GA, Pegg RB., posted in PubMed(3)

3. Laminitis
Black walnut is best known for its researches in treating laminitis in horse according to the study of "Black walnut (Juglans nigra) toxicosis: a model for equine laminitis" by Galey FD, Whiteley HE, Goetz TE, Kuenstler AR, Davis CA, Beasley VR., posted in PubMed(4)

4. Cognitive health and cardiovascular disease
Black waltnut contians measrable amount of Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid which not only can be beneficial for enhancing Cognitive Health, according to the study of "The Older People, Omega-3, and Cognitive Health (EPOCH) trial design and methodology: A randomised, double-blind, controlled trial investigating the effect of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids on cognitive ageing and wellbeing in cognitively healthy older adults" by Danthiir V, Burns NR, Nettelbeck T, Wilson C, Wittert G., posted in PubMed(5). but also balance the levels of cholesterol of which may cause cardiovascular disease, according to the study of "Omega-3 Fatty acids for cardiovascular disease prevention" by Defilippis AP, Blaha MJ, Jacobson TA., posted in PubMed(6)

5. Antiproliferative and Antioxidants
Black walnut contains ellagic acid and others antioxidants such as Myricetin, tannins, Vitamin E-alpha, beta, delta and gamma-tocopherol of which not only can fight the forming of free radical cause of DNA damage of irregular cells growth, according to the study of ” In vitro antiproliferative, apoptotic and antioxidant activities of punicalagin, ellagic acid and a total pomegranate tannin extract are enhanced in combination with other polyphenols as found in pomegranate juice” by Navindra P. Seerama, Lynn S. Adamsa, Susanne M. Henninga, Yantao Niua, Yanjun Zhangbc, Muraleedharan G. Nairbc, David Hebera (Volume 16, Issue 6, Pages 360-367 (June 2005)), posted in The journal of Ntritional Biochemitry, but also enhance the immune system guarding our body from foreign invasion cause of inflammation and infection, according the study of "Polyphenols as antimicrobial agents" by Daglia M., posted in PubMed(6)

6. Skin Diseases
Walnut also contains measurable amount of polyphenols, the photochemical compound has been studied for it protection and treatment for skin diseases, according to the study of "Physical and antibacterial properties of edible films formulated with apple skin polyphenols" by Du WX, Olsen CW, Avena-Bustillos RJ, Friedman M, McHugh TH., posted in PubMed(7)

7. Etc.

Side Effects
1. Black walnut may cause rashes, swollen skin, hives and skin irritation to some people fue to over dose or allergic effects
2. Do not use, if you are pregnant or breast feeding
3. The herbs may interact with other medicine.
4. Bedding use of black walnut wood may increase the risk of inflammation, according to the article "Juglans nigra", posted in Wikipedia(a)

Super foods Library, Eat Yourself Healthy With The Best of the Best Nature Has to Offer

For other health articles, please visit

If you like what you read, please follow me at



No comments:

Post a Comment