Your Heart Goes Nuts for Almonds!
A recent study has found that adding almonds to your diet can reduce the risk of heart disease by keeping blood vessels healthy. These findings add weight to the theory that Mediterranean diets may have big health benefits.
The study was conducted by Professor Helen Griffiths, Professor in Biomedical Sciences and Executive Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
The research team tested the effects of a short term almond-enriched diet on healthy young and middle-aged men as well as on a group of young men with cardiovascular risk factors, including high blood pressure or overweight.
A control group ate what they normally would, while another group consumed snacks of just under two ounces of almonds a day for one month.
The group eating almonds daily had higher levels of antioxidants in their bloodstream, increased blood flow, and lower blood pressure. These factors can potentially reduce the risk of heart disease.
Almonds Make Your Heart Happy!
Almonds contain many beneficial substances such as vitamin E and healthy fats, fiber, magnesium, and flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. Almonds come in many forms, the best being organic and raw, but lightly roasted almonds are also good. Almond milk is also beneficial, but make sure to read the label carefully to check for unhealthful additives including sugar. Eating the whole nut provides much more fiber than the liquid form.
Don’t care for almonds? Peanuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts also contain some of the same heart-healthy nutrients. So add a handful of nuts to your snack arsenal and make your heart happy!
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