Nuts are wonderful snacks with numerous health benefits. Regular consumption of 60 grams of tree nuts such as walnuts can reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases, revealed a new study.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
suggested that tree nuts are rich in saturated fats, dietary fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, tree nuts can help in reducing LDL cholesterol levels, triglycerides and ApoB, the primary protein found in LDL cholesterol. These are the key factors for cardiovascular diseases.
‘Eating two-three ounces of tree nuts such as walnuts everyday reduce bad cholesterol levels and risks of cardiovascular diseases.’
Researchers at the Life Sciences Research Organization in US surveyed 1,301 articles which was led by Dr. Michael Falk and his colleagues. Out of this, 61 trials showed that walnuts have a greater potential to reduce bad cholesterol levels (9-16% ), diastolic blood pressure by 2-3 mmHg, inflammation and lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
"Consuming tree nuts lowers total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Walnuts are the only nut that provide a significant amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) - the plant-based form of Omega-3s," said lead researcher Michael Falk from the Life Sciences Research Organization in the US.
Therefore, consuming two-three ounces of walnuts everyday will significantly reduce the risk of heart diseases and helps in improving your overall well being.