New research conducted by a team of scientists at Penn State University revealed that eating walnuts and walnut oil on a regular basis may help people handle stress better.
The study examined 22 healthy adults who had high levels of “bad” cholesterol, and found that the participants who were put on diets that included walnuts and walnut oil had lower resting blood pressure rates and were able to maintain lower blood pressure responses to two common stressors — giving a speech and soaking their feet in a tub of ice-cold water.
“This is the first study to show that walnuts and walnut oil reduce blood pressure during stress,” author Sheila G. West, an associate professor of biobehavioral health, said in a statement. “This is important because we can’t avoid all of the stressors in our daily lives. This study shows that a dietary change could help our bodies better respond to stress.”
Go Nuts About Nuts
According to the Mayo Clinic, a diet rich in nuts and seeds can go a long way toward maintaining your health. Walnuts contain a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha linolenic acid which has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol and inflammation markers including C-reactive proteins.
Other good stuff in nuts:
- Unsaturated fats
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin E
- Plant sterols
This study reinforces the fact that eliminating all fat from the diet isn’t as important as incorporating more healthy fats than unhealthy ones.
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