Eating Walnuts Helps Reduce Stress

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
  • L-arginine
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants
  • 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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195 comments

Dale O.

Always a good reason to eat walnuts, plus the fact they are tasty.

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Raiin Blue4 years ago

nuts and seeds are great nutrition! Thanks for sharing

Priscilla G.
Priscilla G.5 years ago

I love all nuts, my favourite is raw Cashews.

Sumit jamadar
Sumit jamadar5 years ago

THANKS

Eva Orta
Eva O.5 years ago

Walnuts (or nuts in general) and yogurt - great combination! For the sweet-tooths; add a tidbit of honey or sweet(er) fruits (berries are great!).

Tammy Smith
Tammy Zabel5 years ago

Who knew

Mohammed O.
Mohammed O.5 years ago

actually i did n.t have walnuts although i.m living in country has a lot.s of walnuts Sudan but i.m going to eat it thanks

Marilyn D.
Marilyn Long5 years ago

Walnuts! Hurrah! Something I eat daily is actually GOOD for me. Now I just have to quit using ice cream as my primary nut conveyance.

Raven Miller
Raven Miller5 years ago

Guess i better start eatin more nuts!

Mauricio Diogo
Mauricio Diogo5 years ago

Cool