Wal­nuts for bet­ter health

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety -

Here’s an­other rea­son to in­clude wal­nuts into your win­ter diet. A study has shown that for those at high risk of de­vel­op­ing diabetes, wal­nuts low­ered choles­terol and im­proved blood ves­sel cell wall func­tion while also boost­ing over­all qual­ity of diet.

The study showed that eat­ing wal­nuts re­sults in a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in both ‘bad' and to­tal choles­terol, as well as an im­prove­ment in blood ves­sel cell wall func­tion, key for al­low­ing oxy­gen and car­bon diox­ide to pass be­tween the blood and body tis­sues. How­ever, im­proved choles­terol lev­els were also seen in the group avoid­ing nuts, pos­si­bly due to the placebo ef­fect. Wal­nuts are a rich source of es­sen­tial fatty acids and vi­tal vi­ta­mins and min­er­als such as fo­late and vi­ta­min E.

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