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Tree nuts everyday can help you keep heart diseases at bay

Few tree nuts a day may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 20, 2015 15:28 IST
Tree nuts contain important nutrients like unsaturated fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Tree nuts contain important nutrients like unsaturated fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. (Shutterstock)

Nuts are good for a healthy heart and some nuts are healthier than others. According to a new study, having tree nuts everyday can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

The new study has found that consuming tree nuts, such as walnuts, may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

One of the authors, Michael Falk, found that consuming tree nuts lowers total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and ApoB, the primary protein found in LDL cholesterol. These are key factors that are used to evaluate a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Walnuts were investigated in 21 of the 61 trials, more than any other nut reviewed in this study.

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Falk added that the tree nuts contain important nutrients like unsaturated fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Walnuts are the only nut that provide a significant amount (2.5 grams per one ounce serving) of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based form of omega-3s.

Consuming walnuts may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. (Shutterstock)

Researchers also found that consuming at least two servings (two ounces) per day of tree nuts, such as walnuts, has stronger effects on total cholesterol and LDL. Additionally, results showed that tree nut consumption may be particularly important for lowering the risk of heart disease in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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