So why should you eat walnuts? Well walnuts contain all 9 essential amino acids.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, meaning our body has to have them to synthesize protein and build muscle. "Essential" means they can't be made in the body and must come from your diet, walnuts are amazing for this reason alone!
Fun fact, phenylalanine is a big word but is the most prominent amino acid found in walnuts. Phenylalanine is used in the body to make dopamine, a molecule that plays a key role in mental health, and boosting your mood.
Here is a list of a few more things amino acids can do for you:
- Grow and repair body tissue.
- Make hormones.
- Provide an energy source.
- Maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails.
- Boost your immune system.