I love walnuts. Maybe you love walnuts also. But once you realize how great they are for you, you will love them now more than ever. A new study is showing that walnuts naturally lower cholersterol. In a randomized controlled study by David L. Katz, 112 people were assigned a diet with or without counseling regarding adjustments in their caloric intake. Some were added walnuts while some were not. The study was conducted for 6 months. Check out the results.
When compared with a walnut-excluded diet, a walnut-included diet for 6?months, with or without dietary counseling to adjust caloric intake, significantly improved diet quality as measured by the Healthy Eating Index 2010 (9.14±17.71 vs 0.40±15.13; p=0.02 and 7.02±15.89 vs -5.92±21.84; p=0.001, respectively). Endothelial function, total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol improved significantly from baseline in the walnut-included diet.
With all the hype about statins, which are some of the most prescribed drugs in the world, wouldn’t it be easier to just include walnuts in your diet? Walnuts are easy to include in a daily diet. You can eat them straight up (that’s how I do it), or you can add them into salads, oatmeal or a variety of other foods. Walnuts are high in good fats, high in potassium, high in fiber and are a good source for Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Iron. Daily ingestion of Walnuts is a no brainer.
Remember, statins inhibit enzyme HMG-C0A as a way to prevent cholesterol. Walnuts naturally just keep your cholesterol healthy (cholersterol isn’t really completely bad for you, your body needs it). Natural solutions mean less risk, less cost and more time spent without side effects.
What else can Walnuts do for you?
They can help you manage your weight.
Walnuts are high in fiber, so they satiate you. In other words, they cause you to feel full, which means lower caloric intake. Which means managing or losing weight, depending on your current weight. A good way to use Walnuts is to keep them on your desk at work, or beside your bed, for whenever you feel bad sugar cravings hit. By the time you eat a handful of them, the cravings for bad foods are gone.
They contain powerful antioxidants
Antioxidants fight free radicals, which contribute to things like aging and cancer. Walnuts contain some rare and powerful antioxidants, including tannin telimagrandin, flavonol morin and juglone. Yeah, not fancy names, but they work hard to help you stay looking younger.
They may make you smarter
Seriously, Walnuts are brain food. They contain vitamin E, melatonin, omega 3 and folate. That’s steroids for your brain.
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