According to Ayurved, nuts of all kinds in moderation, nut milks and nut butters, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are excellent for pacifying Vata. Blanched and peeled almonds in moderation, and coconuts, are good for Pitta, as are sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Nuts increase Kapha, but sunflower and pumpkin seeds in moderation are acceptable in Kapha diet. One walnut a day is good for growing children, as it is considered to have “medhua” qualities – nourishing for the brain. Walnuts are considered natural stress busters. Walnuts are astringent and are fine in moderation for people trying to balance Kapha.
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