Published On: Thu, Apr 7th, 2016

Consuming walnuts to keep age-related health problems away

Walnut and walnut kernel.

Walnut and walnut kernel.

Everyday intake of walnuts can assist in healthy ageing, whereas also enhancing the blood cholesterol levels and managing good gut health, discovers a new research study.

The results illustrated that consumption of walnuts, particularly by the aged, can enhance the good fats and further nutrients and also lesser fatness and blood cholesterol levels. At first discovered to boost body weight, the research study’s opening findings confirmed that regular intake of walnuts for one year by a significant cohort of aged adults had no unfavorable impacts on their body weight.

Emilio Ros, who is the director of the Lipid Clinic, Endocrinology and Nutrition Service at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain, stated that “Given that walnuts are a high-energy food, a prevailing concern has been that their long-term consumption might be associated with weight gain,” to conduct the research study, the team trained 707 healthy aged adults to put in regular doses of walnuts (just about 15 percent of caloric consumption) to their usual diet or to take their normal diet devoid of nuts. 

The participants were not provided advice on overall calorie and macronutrient consumption or food replacement for walnuts. Later than a year, both groups illustrated same findings for weight gain, triglycerides and HDL (or ‘good’) cholesterol, but those consuming walnuts experienced important LDL (or ‘bad’) cholesterol decline.

Ros further stated that “We will further assess how walnut consumption may affect, among other outcomes, cognitive decline and age-related macular degeneration, conditions that were major public health concerns,”

The results from the Walnuts and Healthy Aging (WAHA) research study were described at the continuing Experimental Biology 2016 in San Deigo, US.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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