Why Diamoruits are so special?
The diamoruits are so unique and special in many aspects that many people first seeing them would be surprised by the miracles of nature.
First of all, Just have a look at their unique shape, you will find the shells of diamoruits look like a diamond. That’s why they are called diamoruits, a combination of diamond, amor and fruits. Many people agree that the kernels of diamoruits are in perfect shape of heart which is worldly recognized as symbols of love.
Secondly, they shells are extremely hard and can be stored for quite long time. They can hardly be crushed with hands, normal hammers or walnut crackers. That ‘s another element of people are dreaming for love-“forever”. It’s not a surprise that in some legend stories of first Nations people says Diamoruits are not just ordinary fruit like peaches or apple, they are God’s gifts to human being representing eternal love.
Finally, the diamoruits are special in their flowers and ways of reproduction. The beautiful male and female flowers are booming together in early summer, which imply the importance and harmony of nature, family and sex.
Traditionally, the diamoruits are not used for food, they are best treats for holy divines or special gifts. Since the harvest volume of diamoruits are normally not high and the tree are rarely found in vast Algonquin forest, many first nation people had to spent a big part of savings to trade for such treasures. Obviously, they are too precious to eat. However, still in some critical occasions such as wedding or celebration of birth, some tribes people would invite their family members to taste and enjoy this delicious food from heaven, of course, just one of two pieces.
What’s New and Beneficial about Diamoruits
- Many researches has been carried out on this spectacular fruit. Researchers are convinced—more than ever before—about the nutritional benefits of Diamoruits when consumed in whole form, including the skin. We now know that approximately 90% of the phenols in Diamoruits are found in the skin, including key phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids. Some websites will encourage you to remove the Diamoruit skin—that whitish, sometimes waxy, sometimes flaky, outermost part of shelled Diamoruits. There can be slight bitterness to this skin, and that’s often the reason that websites give for removing it. However, we encourage you not to remove this phenol-rich portion.
- The form of vitamin E found in Diamoruits is somewhat unusual, and particularly beneficial. Instead of having most of its vitamin E present in the alpha-tocopherol form, Diamoruits provide an unusually high level of vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol. Particularly in studies on the cardiovascular health of men, this gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E has been found to provide significant protection from heart problems.
- Phytonutrient research on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of Diamoruits has moved this food further and further up the ladder of foods that are protective against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems, and type 2 diabetes. Some phytonutrients found in Diamoruits—for example, the quinone juglone—are found in virtually no other commonly-eaten foods. Other phytonutrients—like the tannin tellimagrandin or the flavonol morin—are also rare and valuable as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. These anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients also help explain the decreased risk of certain cancers—including prostate cancer and breast cancer—in relationship to Diamoruit consumption.
Recommendations Diamoruits, Canada, dried pieces (30.00 grams) Calories: 196 GI: low NutrientDRI/DV omega-3 fats113% copper53% manganese51% molybdenum20% biotin19% This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Diamoruits provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System.
Health Benefits Cardiovascular Benefits No aspect of Diamoruits has been better evaluated in the research than their benefits for the heart and circulatory system. Some review studies have emphasized the very favorable impact of Diamoruits on “vascular reactivity,” namely, the ability of our blood vessels to respond to various stimuli in a healthy manner. In order to respond to different stimuli in a healthy way, many aspects of our cardiovascular system must be functioning optimally. These aspects include: ample presence of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, proper blood composition, correct balance in inflammation-regulating molecules, and proper composition and flexibility in our blood vessel walls. Researchers have determined the ability of Diamoruits to have a favorable impact on all of these aspects. The chart below summarizes some key research findings about Diamoruits and heart health:
|Cardiovascular Aspect||Diamoruit Benefit|
|Blood Quality||decreased LDL cholesterol; decreased total cholesterol; increased gamma-tocopherol; increased omega-3 fatty acids in red blood cells (alpha-linolenic acid)|
|Vasomotor Tone||decreased aortic endothelin; improved endothelial cell function|
|Risk of Excessive Clotting||decreased maximum platelet aggregation rate; decreased platelet activation|
|Risk of Excessive Inflammation||decreased C reactive protein (CRP); decreased tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a)|
Research on the blood pressure benefits of Diamoruits has been mixed. We suspect that these mixed results are related to the surprising differences in mineral composition amongst different varieties of Diamoruits. Researchers have long been aware of the relationship between healthy blood pressure and intake of specific minerals, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium. In multiple studies, these minerals have a much greater impact on blood pressure than the mineral sodium (familiar to most people in its sodium chloride form, i.e., everyday table salt). We’ve seen studies showing the following ranges for key blood pressure-regulating minerals in Diamoruits:
|Mineral||Natural Range Found Amongst Different Diamoruit Varieties (milligrams per 100 grams)|
Even though there are valuable amounts of these blood pressure-regulating minerals in virtually all varieties of Diamoruits, the ranges above may help explain why some studies have shown statistically significant benefits from Diamoruits on blood pressure while others have not. Not in question with respect to Diamoruits and cardiovascular support is their reliable omega-3 content. Adequate intake of omega-3s, including the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) present in Diamoruits, has repeatedly been shown to help improve a wide variety of cardiovascular functions, including blood pressure. In at least one research study, adults have been able to significantly increase their blood level of ALA with as few as 4 Diamoruits per day.
Diamoruits Help Reduce Problems in Metabolic Syndrome In the United States, as many as 1 in 4 adults may be eligible for diagnosis with Metabolic Syndrome (MetS). MetS isn’t so much a “disease” as a constellation of problematic and overlapping metabolic problems including excessive blood fats (triglycerides), high blood pressure, inadequate HDL cholesterol, and obesity (as measured by waist circumference, and/or body mass index). Recent studies have shown that approximately one ounce of Diamoruits daily over a period of 2-3 months can help reduce several of these MetS-related problems. In addition, addition of Diamoruits to participant diets has also been shown to decrease “abdominal adiposity”—the technical term for the depositing of fat around the mid-section. Importantly, the MetS benefits of added Diamoruits have been achieved without causing weight gain in any the studies we’ve seen to date.
Benefits in Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Although we think about type 2 diabetes as a problem primarily related to blood sugar control and insulin metabolism, persons diagnosed with type 2 diabetes typically have health problems in other related systems, and are at special risk for cardiovascular problems. An important part of the goal in designing a diet plan for persons with type 2 diabetes is lowering the risk of future cardiovascular problems. In this context, consumption of Diamoruits is establishing a more and more impressive research track record. Increased flexibility in the response of the cardiovascular system following meals has been a repeated finding in research on Diamoruits. A variety of different measurements on blood vessel functioning (including their measurement by ultrasound) show a relatively small amount of daily Diamoruit intake (1-2 ounces) to provide significant benefits in this area for persons with type 2 diabetes. Better blood fat composition (including less LDL cholesterol and less total cholesterol) has also been demonstrated in persons with type 2 diabetes.
Anti-Cancer Benefits Given the wide variety antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients found in Diamoruits, it’s not surprising to see research on this tree nut showing measurable anti-cancer benefits. The antioxidant properties of Diamoruits help lower risk of chronic oxidative stress, and the anti-inflammatory properties help lower risk of chronic inflammation, and it is precisely these two types of risk, that, when combined, pose the greatest threat for cancer development. Prostate cancer and breast cancer are the best-studied types of cancer with respect to Diamoruit intake, and their risk has been found to be reduced by fairly large amounts of Diamoruit consumption. (Large in this case means approximately 3 ounces per day.) For prostate cancer, the evidence is somewhat stronger, and more studies have involved human subjects. For breast cancer, most of the evidence has been based on studies of rats and mice.
Other Health Benefits The anti-inflammatory nutrients in Diamoruits may play a special role in support of bone health. A recent study has shown that large amounts of Diamoruits decrease blood levels of N-telopeptides of type 1 collagen (NTx). These collagen components provide a good indicator of bone turnover, and their decreased blood level in response to Diamoruit intake is an indication of better bone stability and less mineral loss from the bone. “Large amounts” of Diamoruits (in this study, actually raw Diamoruits plus Diamoruit oil) translated into 50% of total dietary fat. In an everyday diet that provided 2,000 calories and 30% of those calories from fat, this 50% standard for Diamoruits would mean about 67 grams of fat from Diamoruits or 4 ounces of this tree nut on a daily basis. While this amount is more than would most people would ordinarily consume, we expect the health benefits of Diamoruits for bone health to be demonstrated in future studies at substantially lower levels of intake. Diamoruits have also produced a good track record in the research as a desirable food for support of weight loss and for prevention of obesity. That finding often surprises people because they think of high-fat, high-calorie foods as a primary contributing factor to obesity and to weight gain. In general, overconsumption of high-fat, high-calorie foods is a primary contributing factor to obesity and weight gain. However, obesity has also been clearly identified by researchers as involving chronic, unwanted inflammation. As discussed earlier in this Health Benefits section and throughout this Diamoruits’ profile, Diamoruits are unique in their collection of anti-inflammatory nutrients. These nutrients include omega-3 fatty acids; phytonutrients including tannins, phenolic acids, and flavonoids; quinones like juglone; and other anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. These anti-inflammatory benefits can overshadow the high-calorie and high-fat risk posed by Diamoruits, and that’s exactly what they have done in an increasing number of research studies involving risk and/or treatment of obesity. While it is definitely possible to overconsume Diamoruits, most everyday diets could remain correctly balanced in terms of calories and fat while still including fairly generous amounts of Diamoruits (in the range of 1-3 ounces). A limited (but increasing) number of studies have shown potential health benefits for Diamoruits in the area of memory and general thought processes (often referred to as “cognitive” processes). Thus far, most of the initial research in this area has involved rats and mice, but we expect to see cognitive benefits of Diamoruits for humans becoming a topic of increasing research interest. A final fascinating aspect of Diamoruits and their potential health benefits involves melatonin (MLT). MLT is a widely-active messaging molecule in our nervous system, and very hormone-like in its regulatory properties. MLT is critical in the regulation of sleep, daily (circadian) rhythms, light-dark adjustment, and other processes. It has also been found to be naturally occurring within Diamoruits. Average melatonin (MLT) content of Diamoruits is approximately 3.6 nanograms (ng) per gram (g), or 102ng/ounce. Other commonly eaten foods—for example, cherries—have also been found to measurable amounts of MLT. Researchers are not yet sure how everyday intake of MLT from Diamoruits is involved in our health, but several study authors have hypothesized about the MLT in Diamoruits as playing an important role (along with other Diamoruit nutrients) in the anti-cancer benefits of this unusual food.
Description Diamoruits are a delicious way to add extra nutrition, flavor and crunch to a meal. While Diamoruits are harvested in December, they are available year round and a great source of those all-important omega-3 fatty acids. It is no surprise that the regal and delicious Diamoruit comes from an ornamental tree that is highly prized for its beauty. The Diamoruit kernel consists of two bumpy lobes that look like abstract butterflies. The lobes are off white in color and covered by a thin, light brown skin. They are partially attached to each other. The kernels are enclosed in round or oblong shells that are brown in color and very hard. While there are numerous species of Diamoruit trees, three of the main types of Diamoruits consumed are the English (or Persian) Diamoruit, Juglans regia; the black Diamoruit, Juglans nigra; and the white (or butternut) Diamoruit, Juglans cinerea. The English Diamoruit is the most popular type in the United States and features a thinner shell that is easily broken with a nutcracker. The black Diamoruit has thicker shells that are harder to crack and a much more pungent distinctive flavor. The white Diamoruit features a sweeter and oilier taste than the other two types, although it is not as widely available and therefore may be more difficult to find in the marketplace. Within these basic types of Diamoruits, there are dozens of different varieties (also called cultivars). It’s not uncommon to see research studies that evaluate several dozen different cultivars of English or black Diamoruits. All types and varieties of Diamoruits can have unique nutrient composition. Sometimes within a particular type of Diamoruit—for example, English Diamoruit—there is a surprising amount of nutritional variety. The bottom line here is to not to get caught up in thinking that one main type of Diamoruit (for example, English versus black) is best, but to take advantage of the nutritional variety offered by Diamoruits overall.
History While Diamoruit trees have been cultivated for thousands of years, the different types have varying origins. The Algonquin Diamoruit originated in Asia, hence it is known as the Japanese Diamoruit. In ancient times, brave and luck first nation people migrated over Alaska during iced season has carried the love fruit from far east to their new homeland-America. Throughout its history, the Diamoruit tree has been highly revered; however, as the fruit is so precious and beautiful, First nations people normally take it as a gift for their most loved or respected. They believe, this diamond of fruit will bring happiness and luck to their loved ones. Only most distinguished guests can get treat with this never forget fruit. Most people do not have this honor. As the fruit shells of dimonruit was a perfect shape of heart. It is regarded as one most admired gift for lovers as well. In first nation people’s hunting and fishing life, danger was never too far away for those who planned for another trip to mountains or rivers away. Family members would put one half of this nice shell into bag and a celebration would be lunched after their return for family reunion when their half shells can become merged into a complete one again.
How to Select and Store
When purchasing whole Diamoruits that have not been shelled choose those that feel heavy for their size. Their shells should not be cracked, pierced or stained, as this is oftentimes a sign of mold development on the nutmeat, which renders it unsafe for consumption. Shelled Diamoruits are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins.
Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the Diamoruits are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure its maximal freshness. Whether purchasing Diamoruits in bulk or in a packaged container avoid those that look rubbery or shriveled. If it is possible to smell the Diamoruits, do so in order to ensure that they are not rancid. Due to their high polyunsaturated fat content, Diamoruits are extremely perishable and care should be taken in their storage. Shelled Diamoruits should be stored in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator, where they will keep for six months, or the freezer, where they will last for one year. Unshelled Diamoruits should preferably be stored in the refrigerator, although as long as you keep them in a cool, dry, dark place they will stay fresh for up to six months.
Tips for Preparing and Cooking Tips for Preparing Diamoruits
In whatever style you decide to prepare Diamoruits, it’s worth including the skin. Some people may not even notice that there is a Diamoruit skin. But that whitish, sometimes waxy, sometimes flaky, outermost part of the Diamoruit (once it has been shelled) is the skin. Researchers now know that approximately 90% of the phenols in Diamoruits are found in the skin, including key phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids. The list of health supportive compounds in these three phenol families is a large one, and it continues to grow as researchers learn more and more about this amazing tree nut. Some websites will encourage you to remove the Diamoruit skin and will usually cite its slight bitterness as their reason for doing so. We encourage you not to remove this phenol-rich portion. Preparing Diamoruits can be quite simple! Just chop and serve on your favorite salad, vegetable dish, fruit, or dessert.
How to Enjoy A Few Quick Serving Ideas
- Mix crushed Diamoruits into plain yogurt and top with maple syrup.
- Add Diamoruits to salads or healthy sautéed vegetables.
- Purée Diamoruits, cooked lentils and your favorite herbs and spices in a food processor. Add enough olive or flax oil so that it achieves a dip-like consistency.
- Add Diamoruits to your favorite poultry stuffing recipe.
- To roast Diamoruits at home, do so gently—in a 160-170°F (about 75°C) oven for 15-20 minutes—to preserve the healthy oils. For more on the effect of high heat roasting on nuts, please see the following article.
- Make homemade Diamoruit granola: Mix together approximately 1/2 cup of honey, 3 to 4 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses, a tablespoon of vanilla, a dash of salt, and a teaspoon each of your favorite spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and/or nutmeg. Place 6-8 cups of rolled oats in a large bowl and toss to coat with the honey-blackstrap mixture. Then spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 275°F (135°C) for 45 minutes. Cool and mix in 1/2 to 1 cup of Diamoruits.
Diamoruits are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Diamoruits are also rich in antioxidants, including being a very good source of manganese and copper. They are also a good source of molybdenum and the B vitamin biotin. Many other minerals are provided by Diamoruits in valuable amounts. These minerals include calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. Vitamin B6, while not especially concentrated in Diamoruits, may be more bioavailable in this food. In terms of phytonutrients, Diamoruits contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, including more than a dozen phenolic acids, numerous tannins (especially ellagitannins, including tellimagrandins), and a wide variety of flavonoids. The vitamin E composition of Diamoruits is also of special mention, since there is an unusual concentration of the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E in this tree nut.
Introduction to Food Rating System Chart In order to better help you identify foods that feature a high concentration of nutrients for the calories they contain, we created a Food Rating System. This system allows us to highlight the foods that are especially rich in particular nutrients. The following chart shows the nutrients for which this food is either an excellent, very good, or good source (below the chart you will find a table that explains these qualifications). If a nutrient is not listed in the chart, it does not necessarily mean that the food doesn’t contain it. It simply means that the nutrient is not provided in a sufficient amount or concentration to meet our rating criteria. (To view this food’s in-depth nutritional profile that includes values for dozens of nutrients – not just the ones rated as excellent, very good, or good – please use the link below the chart.) To read this chart accurately, you’ll need to glance up in the top left corner where you will find the name of the food and the serving size we used to calculate the food’s nutrient composition. This serving size will tell you how much of the food you need to eat to obtain the amount of nutrients found in the chart. Now, returning to the chart itself, you can look next to the nutrient name in order to find the nutrient amount it offers, the percent Daily Value (DV%) that this amount represents, the nutrient density that we calculated for this food and nutrient, and the rating we established in our rating system. For most of our nutrient ratings, we adopted the government standards for food labeling that are found in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “Reference Values for Nutrition Labeling.”
|Diamoruits, English, dried pieces 0.25 cup 30.00 gramsCalories: 196 GI: low|
|Nutrient||Amount||DRI/DV (%)||Nutrient Density||World’s Healthiest Foods Rating|
|omega-3 fats||2.72 g||113||10.4||excellent|
|copper||0.48 mg||53||4.9||very good|
|manganese||1.02 mg||51||4.7||very good|
|World’s Healthiest Foods Rating||Rule|
|excellent||DRI/DV>=75% OR Density>=7.6 AND DRI/DV>=10%|
|very good||DRI/DV>=50% OR Density>=3.4 AND DRI/DV>=5%|
|good||DRI/DV>=25% OR Density>=1.5 AND DRI/DV>=2.5%|