Earlier this month, we told our readers about the prostate health benefits of eating walnuts.
However, the health benefits of eating walnuts aren’t exclusively reserved for men. Previous studies have found that a high intake of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, flaxseed and green leafy vegetables, could help protect against heart disease and sudden cardiac death (death resulting from an abrupt loss of heart function).
More recent research from Spain, featuring 7,500 people at high risk of heart disease, found that following a Mediterranean diet — high in virgin olive oil and nuts — is more effective in reducing the risk of heart disease than current drug treatments.
The Spanish study divided participants into three groups: Two groups followed a Mediterranean diet with one receiving 15 litres of virgin olive oil for three months, and the other 30g a day of walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts. The third group was given instructions to follow a low-fat diet.
After three months, the results showed that the nut and virgin olive oil groups had improved ratios of adolipoprotein (a protein connected to a fat) and that this lowered the risk of heart disease for both men and women. For men, the number at high-risk of heart disease dropped 5 per cent and for women, 16.6 per cent.
The results of this study, published in the journal Atherosclerosis, not only support the mounting evidence showing the heart benefits of walnuts but also knock Big Pharma from its drug-fuelled high horse.
Commenting on their findings, the researchers said that “a modification in the entire diet pattern managed to achieve, in just one year, results that pharmaceutical drugs did not achieve even after two years of treatment.”
But wait there’s more…
A new study, fresh off the press, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that as little as two handfuls of walnuts a day could help stave off heart disease, particularly in patients suffering with type 2 diabetes.
According to the researchers, these heart benefits again come down to a high concentration of ALA and plant-based omega-3s found in walnuts — providing a significant 2.5 grams per one ounce serving.
Commenting on their results, lead researcher Dr Michael Falk, said: “Our study results further support the growing body of research that tree nuts, such as walnuts, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.”
Now, there’s a thought that will make statin-pushers shake in their shoes…
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“Walnuts found to slow prostate cancer” Nick Tate, November 14, 2014, Newsmax Health, newsmaxhealth.com
Olive Oil, nuts better than drugs for heart disease: Spanish researchers, published online 19.09.11, nutraingredients.com
Could WALNUTS prevent heart attack? Two handfuls a day ‘lowers cholesterol and helps prevent heart disease’, published online 19.11.15, dailymail.co.uk
Category: Heart Disease