(NaturalHealth365) Did you know that organic walnuts can help to protect the heart? In fact, walnuts and walnut oil are fast becoming the next generation of natural remedies to prevent cardiovascular disease. Yet, government health agencies and conventional medical “experts” remain skeptical of its benefits.
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An investigative team of researchers from Penn State, Tuffs University and University of Pennsylvania, wrote about some remarkable findings which are due to appear in the June issue of the Journal of Nutrition.
The study showed that even a one-time consumption of walnut oil boosted blood vessel functions, and they found consumption of whole walnuts helped transport the good cholesterol (HDL) and remove excess cholesterol – more effectively.
How do walnuts reduce the risk of a heart attack?
Walnut oil is particularly good at preserving the function of the cells that line the walls of the blood vessels, the endothelial cells, which are at the foundation of heart health. Researchers looked at the alpha-linolenic acid, gamma-tocopherol and phytosterols, in walnuts, and found that these had a profound effect on the ability to lower cholesterol levels.
These (3) compounds help fight endothelial dysfunction on multiple levels. They allow the blood vessels to relax and this prevents damage to the interior lining and causes a widening – so nutrients and oxygen rich blood reaches the heart.
Walnut oil has a good amount of omega 9, which also keeps the arteries more supple and flexible; this alone reduces the chances of plaque buildup.
Of all the tree nuts, walnuts are the most heart healthy. They are a rich source of monounsaturated fats and a superior source of of omega-3 fatty acids.
The omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in walnuts, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is the most powerful in reducing total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Walnuts and walnut oil help to lower blood pressure – naturally
A research article, in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported that walnuts and walnut oil lowered both resting blood pressure and blood pressure response to stress. Results showed that the average diastolic blood pressure, which is the bottom number, was significantly reduced when the heart is resting – after a small amount of walnuts or walnut oil.
To have blood pressure reduced during stress is important, since it is impossible to avoid daily stressors. The drop in blood pressure during stress is accompanied by reduced pressure in the heart’s left ventricular chamber. This keeps the blood flow to the heart uncompromised under stress.
About 18 walnut halves or 9 walnuts make up the average serving used by the researchers or one tablespoon of walnut oil. Unrefined walnut oil is derived from walnuts after drying and cold pressing them.
Walnut oil is used because it is a more concentrated source and it takes a small amount to get results. It is an exceptionally rich source of both antioxidants and ellagic acid. The oil is easily absorbed and possesses many disease-fighting compounds.
Good quality organic cold pressed walnut oil will have a buttery nutty taste and topaz color and have all the nutrients intact. All walnut oil must be stored in a cool or a cold place and not exposed to much light to keep it fresh. The antioxidants in walnut oil are also helpful in eliminating many kinds of toxins – which are cancer promoters.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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