Nutty Diet May Dramatically Cut Rate Of Heart Disease

Nutty Diet May Dramatically Cut Rate Of Heart Disease

Could WALNUTS prevent heart attack? Two handfuls a day ‘lowers cholesterol and helps prevent heart disease’

  • Review of 61 studies found walnuts help reduce LDL – ‘bad’ cholesterol
  • The nuts contain key ingredients, including omega-3 and protein
  • Two ounces of walnuts each day linked to strong reduction in cholesterol 
  • High cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease, and heart attack 

Two handfuls of walnuts a day could help stave off heart disease, a new study has revealed.

The tree nuts lower total cholesterol levels in the body, thus reducing the chances of a person suffering a heart attack.

The snack contain important nutrients such as unsaturated fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, researchers said.

Dr Michael Falk, one of the authors from the Life Sciences Research Organisation, said: ‘Our study results further support the growing body of research that tree nuts, such as walnuts, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.


‘Tree nuts contain important nutrients. Walnuts are the only nut that provide a significant amount – 2.5g per one ounce serving – of alpha-linolenic (ALA), the plant-based form of omega-3.’

Dr Falk and his team conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 61 controlled trials to arrive at their conclusions.

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Although it seems that Walnuts are the best in terms of helping to prevent heart disease, recent research research into the health benefits of eating nuts has found that a diet rich in nuts could dramatically reduce women’s chances of getting heart disease.

A 14-year study of more than 85,000 British nurses shows that eating any kind of nut can significantly reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and fatal coronary disease.

The researchers, from Harvard University’s Department of Nutrition, found that only 14 women who ate an ounce of nuts five or more times a week died of coronary heart disease, compared with 197 who did not eat nuts. The reduction in risk was the same for non-fatal heart disease. 

Writing in The British Medical Journal, the researchers said they took into account many other factors which could affect health, including previously diagnosed heart conditions, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol intake, consumption of vitamins and even aspirin use. 

The researchers based their study on the Mediterranean diet which is rich in nuts. People living in Mediterranean countries are less likely to suffer heart disease.

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