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Eat 9 Walnuts a Day to Keep Stress at Bay

Eat 9 Walnuts a Day to Keep Stress at Bay

Walnuts are a wonder nut, that offer almost too many health benefits to count.

Here is a quick list: Walnuts are a rich source of dietary fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds work together to help you sleep better, reduce hair loss, prevent diabetes, improve complexion and  lower your risk of certain cancers.

But did you know: walnuts are an excellent anxiety-reducing food, too.

A first-of-its-kind Penn State University study found that walnuts and walnut oil can reduce blood pressure during periods of stress.  In this study, 22 adults with elevated levels of “bad” cholesterol were put on three different diets for six weeks each.

At the end of the study, the three groups were put under mildly stressful situations such as making a speech and dipping a foot in a bucket of ice-cold water. Their blood pressure was measured both before these activities and soon after. Here is what researchers found: The group that was given 9 walnuts and a tablespoon of walnut oil as part of their diet had much lower levels of both resting blood pressure and stress-induced blood pressure.

According to statistics provided by the American Psychological Association, more than 77% of Americans admit to regularly experiencing physical symptoms caused by stress. Since stressful situations cannot be avoided altogether, eating a handful of delicious walnuts and including walnut oil in your daily diet seems like a comforting idea.

 

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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4:58AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Clare, if you don't like walnuts, try eating them with honey.

4:57AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Yum! Thank you.

4:55AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Carol, are you anorexic to count calories so strictly?

4:13AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Thank you

10:08AM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

Pretty drastic testing. But just 22???

11:28AM PDT on May 6, 2014

noted

6:56AM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Interesting. Wish I would have known this before finals LOL

7:20AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Hey, Lindsay, I agree with the price factor! I buy them as organic in a HF store, then mix a bit together in a food processor and add a bit into other dishes, so I get the benefits of a few, and not use them as a main ingredient. And the little bit tastes great, too!

4:19AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

thanks

1:52AM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Thank you :)

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