Breathe eas­ier: A hand­ful of wal­nuts daily cuts risk of asthma

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - LIFESTYLE -

Nu­mer­ous stud­ies have em­pha­sised on many health ben­e­fits of wal­nuts. Here’s a rea­son why you must in­clude th­ese nuts in your daily diet. Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers, a type of vi­ta­min E found in th­ese nuts may pre­vent the risk of asthma at­tacks.

Gamma-to­co­pherol is a ma­jor form of vi­ta­min E, which is abun­dant in nuts like wal­nuts and pe­cans and in the legume peanut, as well as seed oils such as corn, soy­bean and sesame. This type has drawn lit­tle at­ten­tion com­pared with al­pha-to­co­pherol, the form most com­monly found in vi­ta­min E sup­ple­ments. Prof. Michelle Her­nan­dez from the Univer­sity of North’s Carolina school of medicine said epi­demi­o­logic data sug­gested that peo­ple with high amounts of vi­ta­min E in their diet were less prone to asthma The team groups, one re­ceived gamma to­co­pherol sup­ple­ment and other re­ceived a placebo for two weeks. They un­der­went an lipopolysac­cha­ride (LPS) chal­lenge, which in­volves in­hal­ing a sub­stance that causes lung in­flam­ma­tion and

Af­ter a three-week pe­riod break, find­ings in­di­cated that when peo­ple were tak­ing the vi­ta­min E sup­ple­ment, they had less eosinophilic in­flam­ma­tion.And those tak­ing vi­ta­min E were found to have lower levels of pro­tein mucins Mucins are

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Eat wal­nuts to stay healthy

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