The walnut tree Black, also known as juglans nigra, produces the well-known seeds of dried fruit that are eaten as food, but also the leaves, husks and bark that have been used in folk medicine since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. According to the American Cancer Society, it is believed that only black walnut tincture, an extract from the parts of the plant with alcohol, is effective as a medicine. Most of the health sector maintains that black walnut drops have not been verified in clinical studies in humans, which is why you should consult your doctor before using them.
Black walnut extracts have been shown to have antioxidant effects, helping to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. A research published in 2002 in the "Journal of Nutrition" studied several dietary plants that are used around the world and found that walnut contained 20 mmol of antioxidants per 100 g, which means that it was in second place after the rose canine in terms of the antioxidant content of all the plants analyzed in this study.
The black walnut contains two important chemical products from a medicinal perspective, juglone and tannins. The latter have been shown to have antifungal effects in topical preparations, and when drops are added to the diet, they can kill the yeast of candidiasis better than many commonly prescribed antifungal medications. The black walnut tannins have also been shown to be effective in killing certain strains of bacteria, suggesting a potential use of tannin droplets to fight infections on the skin and in the body.
The juglone present in black walnut could be the cause of the ability of the plant to normalize intestinal tissue and explain why black walnut drops are often used for nausea, constipation, diarrhea and the treatment of colic. Chinese researchers studied the effects of juglone on three key enzymes of Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers, and found that it was effective in inhibiting the development of the bacteria.
The black walnut drops have been used to treat worms and other parasites and even hives by poison ivy. It is the juglone contained in black walnut drops that points to tapeworms, while tannins act as astringents and help reduce secretions and irritation and shrink and disinfect the top layer of the skin to help relieve the symptoms of the shingles
Although they are not generalized, short-term side effects are recognized with the use of black walnut drops, as walnuts are only second to peanuts in their ability to cause allergic reactions. they put life at riskJuglone has caused genetic cancer mutations in experiments with test tubes, although these results have not been replicated in animals or humans. However, due to this lack of certainty, do not use black walnut drops if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.