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Nuts consumption elongates life span, says researchers

Medical  Researchers have disclosed that eating  a handful of nuts daily prolong longer life and contribute to good health for individuals, as well as reduce death rate from cancer, heart diseases, and respiratory diseases

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Penpushing reports that this revelation was contained in a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, as corroborated by a co-author, Frank Hu, a Professor of  nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health

The Professor emphaised that research and study showed that people who ate nuts every day lived longer, healthier lives than people who didn’t eat nuts,stressing that the composition of nuts – fibre, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals– may provide “cardioprotective, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.”

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Penpushing further reports that, the report emphasised that daily nut-eaters were 20 per cent less likely to have died during the study than those who avoided nuts, adding that the findings were gleaned from nearly 120,000 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Physicians’ Health Study.

‘The recipients were said to have answered questions about their diets at the beginning of the studies in the 1980s and then every two to four years during 30 years of follow-up. The researchers classified the participants into six categories that ranged from never eating nuts to eating them seven or more times per week’.

Penpushing also reports that study pointed out that ,the more often people ate nuts, the lower their risk of premature death, while the  report found that people who are at risk of a heart attack can cut their risk by eating a healthy diet that includes nuts.

‘It suggests that eating nuts may lower one’s low-density lipoprotein (LDL), cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which it claims play a major role in the build-up of deposits called plaques in the arteries’.

Penpushing reports that, the study added that nuts may also improve the health of the lining of arteries, lower levels of inflammation linked to heart disease and reduce the risk of developing blood clots, which most times lead to a heart attack and death.

;The benefits of nuts for cancer prevention were further reportedly analysed in a separate study published in the National Library of Health.Studies have demonstrated that nuts are valuable sources of vegetable protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, folic acid, phytoestrogens, and fibre’.

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“Emerging data have indicated that inflammation and oxidative stress have a role in the development of cancer; the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of nuts and their components may contribute to the anticancer activity, as well as confer a cardioprotective effect.”

Penpushing further reports the study report also revealed that frequent nut eaters are also less likely to gain weight, adding that nuts contain mostly unsaturated healthy fats, protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

“Nuts are high in protein and fibre, which delays absorption and decreases hunger. Nuts are able to suppress hunger by absorbing moisture in the gastrointestinal tract, causing a person to feel fuller’, he said.

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