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Eating this type of nuts daily reduces the risk of death from heart disease.. Know it


A recent study reported that eating walnuts regularly may be associated with a lower risk of death and an increased life expectancy among the elderly compared to those who do not eat them, as research conducted by Harvard University and published in the journal Nutrients found that eating 5 or more servings of nuts per week may provide the greatest benefit to reducing Mortality risks and increased life expectancy.


"What we learned from this study is that eating a few handfuls of walnuts per week may help promote longevity, especially among those who eat an unhealthy diet," said lead researcher Yanping Li at Harvard University.


The research found that eating 5 or more servings per week was associated with a 14% lower risk of death from any cause, a 25% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and an increased life expectancy, compared to those who did not eat nuts.


Consuming walnuts two to four times a week could also have benefits, with researchers finding a 13% lower risk of death overall, and a 14% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, again at about one year of age, compared to For non-nut consumers, the researchers said.


Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

 

Specifically, even among people following a suboptimal diet, increasing nut consumption by half a serving per day was associated with benefits, including a 12% reduced risk of death and a 26% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, the researchers said.


For this study, researchers examined data from 67,014 women in the Nurses' Health Study with a mean age of 63.6 years and 26,326 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study aged 63.3 years in 1986, whose participants were relatively healthy when they joined the studies. and was followed for about 20 years (1998-2018).


Dietary intake was assessed every 4 years with participants reporting their overall dietary intake, including how often they ate walnuts, other tree nuts, and peanuts, as well as lifestyle factors such as exercise and smoking status. Based on this data, the researchers were able to determine the associations between nut consumption at different levels and different health indicators related to longevity.


"We observed that participants with higher amounts of nut consumption, in addition to their frequency, had lower risks of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality compared with non-consumers," the study authors wrote.


The researchers shed light on how walnuts support an overall healthy lifestyle that promotes longevity, and said that participants who ate higher amounts of walnuts tended to be more physically active, a healthy diet and a multivitamin intake all of these factors could affect life expectancy. However, the researchers modified these aspects in their analysis.

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