Walnut: The Wonder Nut for a Happy Heart and Body

University of Wollongong recently recognized Walnut, as a heart healthy nut. Its consumption can result into improved heart health, with an improved blood cholesterol.

The humble walnut has been officially recognized as heart-healthy following research undertaken at the University of Wollongong, which has shown that nut consumption is associated with improvements in heart health measures such as blood cholesterol. Dr Elizabeth Neale, from the University is involved in the research that presents walnut as a favorable option for reduced risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease acting as an excellent preventive measure.

“The review demonstrates that walnuts are a heart-healthy food, given the benefits to blood cholesterol levels and the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol in the body. We know that nut consumption in Australia falls short of the recommended 30g serve per day, and with heart disease growing at a rapid rate in this country, the research findings support adding a handful of nuts, such as walnuts, to your day,” she said.

In another related, but not associated study, it was found that consuming walnuts was associated with a 29% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular events when compared to other nuts. Walnut introduction in every day diet also improves blood lipid profiles with no negative affect on the blood pressure of the weight, says the same study. Also, when walnut replaces fat in low cholesterol diet, it further reduces serum cholesterol levels by more than 10% in men.

Nuts are generally hearth healthy, says around 150 related studies on the subject. Since walnuts provide Omega 3s and antioxidants, they occupy an elite state. In addition, walnuts are rich in bioactive components including polyphenols, carotenoids, phytosterols, fiber and minerals. The study also outlines other health benefits of consuming walnuts on a daily basis.