If you’re like me you’re concerned about maintaining a healthy heart. And if you’re a walnut lover like me then here’s some good news! Research shows that regular consumption of walnuts can protect you from cardiovascular diseases.
In a study conducted by Dr. Penny Kris Eterton, professor of nutrition at Penn State University, it was shown that eating a handful of walnuts a day provides immediate protection against heart disease.
“And only by consuming a handful of walnuts or walnut oil for four days in a week you can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease,” said Dr. Penny Kris Eterton, professor of nutrition at Penn State University in Pennsylvania.
Walnuts have been shown to decrease low density lipoprotein cholesterol (by ∼9–16%) and blood pressure (diastolic blood pressure by ∼2–3 mm Hg), 2 major risk factors for CVD. In addition, walnuts improve endothelial function, decrease both oxidative stress and some markers of inflammation, and increase cholesterol efflux. The effect of walnuts on multiple CVD targets over relatively short periods of time supports recommendations for their inclusion in a heart-healthy diet.