New research in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care found that replacing carb-loaded snacks with a handful of walnuts instead may be one of the best things you’ve ever done for your heart.
For the study, researchers asked volunteers to add about 14 walnuts to their diet per day, which is only about two ounces.
After six months, the study participants had lowered their cholesterol and experienced significant improvements in their blood vessel function. And your blood vessel function – especially how well your blood vessels constrict and dilate – is a major predictor of whether you’ll develop heart disease or even suffer a heart attack.
The secret is that walnuts – like many other nuts – are loaded with heart-healthy fatty acids and disease-fighting antioxidants like folate and vitamin E. Walnuts in particular also have a good supply of copper, manganese and calcium, which are great for bone health and brain function.
Yes, walnuts contain fat, but it’s the “good” kind – the kind that will help you feel full without “fattening” you up! That’s why scientists have been studying the links between these hardy nuts and cardiovascular health.
I love walnuts, especially around this time of year, and they’re very easy to incorporate into your diet.
You don’t have to eat them all at once, and you don’t have to eat them whole. You can add some to your oats in the morning, add a few to your lunch salad and even snack on them during the course of the day.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
“Walnuts a day keep the doctor away,” Fox News, Dec. 1, 2015