By Yan Trokel, MD, DDS, at 3:32 pm

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Anti-Aging Properties of Walnuts

The holidays are dawning us, and with them arriving so quickly, many of us will be preparing food or at least preparing to eat food with friends and family.

Here is a little healthy holiday tip: add walnuts!

There have been studies in the past that suggest walnuts are a very powerful anti-aging food. These studies have shown that consuming them could slow down cancer, improve memory and concentration, lower the risk of diabetes, boost fertility in men, and even increase the amount of time it takes the brain to process information.

A recent 2-year study called Walnuts and Healthy Aging (WAHA) conducted by two sets of researchers at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and Loma Linda University (California), has found that eating walnuts on a daily basis can drastically improve blood cholesterol levels without any detrimental effects on weight gain.

The study consisted of 707 older adults.  Some of these participants added a daily dose of walnuts to their diet, while the remaining participants removed them from their regular diets.

One year after, the participants who added the nuts to their diets didn’t show any evidence of sufficient weight gain! Not only that, their HDL cholesterol levels were significantly lower when compared to the participants who didn’t eat any walnuts for a year.

Besides being linked to lowering cholesterol levels, walnuts have even more health benefits. According to a study conducted by researchers at the USDA, adding 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day has a significant effect on bacteria within the gut and helps to reduce inflammation.

If you’re looking to throw a healthy element into your holiday baking or cooking, be sure to throw in a few walnuts to reap their anti-aging benefits!

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