Walnuts a boon for reigning lifestyle ailments: Studies

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Several studies have found that regular consumption of walnuts has helped in improving male fertility and also helped in reducing risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer. Walnuts can help in keeping many lifestyle diseases at bay, including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems which are on the rise in India, according to studies.

“According to different studies and human trials done in 11 countries by nearly 60 universities, incorporating walnuts into meals can ensure adequate protein intake, especially among vegetarians, as it contains numerous vitamins and minerals including protein, unsaturated fat, magnesium, phosphorus and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – the plant-based form of Omega-3, necessary for overall wellness,” said Carol Berg Sloan, California Walnut Commission Health Research Director.

According to a research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, one ounce of walnuts provides four grams of protein and two grams of fiber. This fiber, found solely in plant foods, helps make one feel full, control overeating and can assist in lowering cholesterol and regulating blood glucose levels, the study said.

“According to government data, India is home to 29.8 million obese men and women, mostly in urban areas, with other lifestyle diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular related problems rapidly increasing. We hope to conduct human trials in India in 2020, addressing issues that are ailing the the country. We will tie-up with universities or research institutes for conducting independent trials in the country. For this we expect to send proposals next year,” Sloan added.

 

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