Walnuts: smart for the heart.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. The disease process can start early in life and is influenced over time by lifestyle behaviors including poor nutrition. The good news is that many of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease can be controlled with dietary and lifestyle changes.
Over two decades of published research has been investigating how eating walnuts affects various heart health markers including:
- Reducing total cholesterol
- Lowering LDL cholesterol
- Raising HDL cholesterol
- Decreasing blood pressure
- Reducing inflammation as measured by C-reactive protein
- Improvement in arterial function