Walnuts cut risk for heart disease

10 May 2013

New healthcare research has revealed that walnuts provide almost immediate protection against heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. The benefits were the same whether subjects ate shelled nuts or extracted oil.

The study, conducted by teams at Penn State, University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University, shows that blood vessel flexibility is greatly enhanced by walnut consumption. Additionally, the nuts significantly lower cholesterol levels - a major contributing factor to cardiovascular disease. Scientists believe omega-3 fats, vitamin E and plant sterols found in walnuts provide the extensive health benefits.

What’s more, only a few can have a noticeable effect. “Just a handful could help significantly reduce the risk of heart disease”, said Dr Penny Kis-Etherton of Penn State University. “Eating shelled walnuts or some walnut oil four times a week will certainly provide very significant benefits.”

The findings show that it takes about four hours for walnuts to improve blood vessel health.

If you’re concerned about heart disease, consider a self-pay blood test to assess your risk.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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