Naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention, according to a new study from Loma Linda University (LLU). Pecans contain different forms of the antioxidant vitamin E-known as tocopherols, plus numerous phenolic substances, many of them with antioxidant abilities. The nuts are especially rich in one form of vitamin E called gamma-tocopherols. he study demonstrated that after eating pecans, gamma-tocopherol levels in the body doubled and unhealthy oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood decreased by as much as 33 percent. Oxidized LDLs may further contribute to inflammation in the arteries and place people at greater risk of cardiovascular problems. "Our tests show that eating pecans increases the amount of healthy antioxidants in the body," said Ella Haddad, associate professor in the School of Public Health department of nutrition, LLU. "This protective effect is important in helping to prevent development of various diseases such as cancer and heart disease," she said. Haddad analyzed biomarkers in blood and urine samples from study participants (a total of 16 men and women between the ages 23 and 44) who ate a sequence of three diets composed of whole pecans, pecans blended with water, or a control meal of equivalent nutrient composition. The pecan meals contained about three ounces of the nut. Samples were taken prior to meals and at intervals up to 24 hours after eating. Following the test meals composed of whole pecans and blended pecans, researchers found that amounts of gamma-tocopherols (vitamin E) in the body doubled eight hours after both meals, and oxygen radical absorbance capabilities (ORAC-a scientific method for measuring antioxidant power in the blood) increased 12 and 10 percent respectively two hours after the meals. In addition, following the whole-pecan meal, oxidized LDL cholesterol decreased by 30 percent (after 2 hours), 33 percent (after 3 hours), and 26 percent (after 8 hours). The study was published in the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Nutrition.Source: ANI << LOPES Rehabilitation Device Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again Multiple Childbirth Raises 'Triple-Negative' Breast Cancer ... >> Recommended Reading Quiz on Healthy Heart Heart disease is a major killer worldwide in spite of major strides in the medical field in terms of research, diagnosis, treatment and pharmacology. HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's disease are vying for popular attention these days and people tend to ... READ MORE An Active Heart - Animation The heart pumps blood constantly providing the power to sustain life. READ MORE Superfoods In Your Diet Superfoods should be a part of daily diet as they are packed with nutrients and healing properties.But the best part is that they are tasty too! READ MORE Aortic Valve Stenosis Aortic valve Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the c valve. Symptoms include angina, and that of heart failure. Aortic valve replacement is effective therapy. READ MORE Mint It All! A popular garden herb, mint has earned worldwide fame both in the kitchen as well as health. A tasty garnish and rich in Vitamins this tiny herb has more to offer but we fail to mint it all out of it. READ MORE Mitral Valve Prolapse Mitral Valve Prolapse is a relatively common condition and causes leakage of blood through the valve. MVP is not life-threatening in most instances. READ MORE Statins Statins are new wonder drugs that are proving to be efficacious, not merely in relieving symptoms but also offering several health benefits. READ MORE Tattoos A Body Art Tattoos are a rage among college students who sport it for the ‘cool dude’ or ‘cool babe’ look READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood Pressure Calculator How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Iron Intake Calculator More News on: Cancer and HomeopathyCancer FactsHeartCancerTattoos A Body ArtHealthy HeartStatinsMitral Valve ProlapseAortic Valve StenosisMint It All!