Go Nuts to Lower Cholesterol
May 13, 2010
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Want to lower your cholesterol? New research
shows that may be as simple as consuming more nuts.
Researchers from Loma Linda University in Calif. analyzed data from 25 nut
consumption trials that were conducted in seven countries. These studies
included 583 women and men with high or normal cholesterol levels. All
participants were assigned to consume nuts, and none were taking
Results showed those who consumed an average of 67 grams (about 2.4 ounces)
of nuts a day had a 5.1- percent reduction in total cholesterol and a
7.4-percent reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol. They also experienced a
boost in HDL (good) cholesterol.
"Nuts are a whole food that have been consumed by humans throughout
history," study authors conclude. "Increasing the consumption of nuts as
part of an otherwise prudent diet can be expected to favorably affect blood
lipid levels and have the potential to lower coronary heart disease risk."
SOURCE: Archives of Internal Medicine 2010; 170 : 821-827