Nuts and seeds are good for your heart health

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A new study shows that eating nuts and seeds can lower the risk of heart disease.

Researchers from the University of Oslo and the Karolinska Institute reviewed 60 previous studies and found that eating just a handful of nuts a day, around 30 grams, can reduce the risk of heart disease by 20-25%.

Even eating just a few nuts is better than none at all.

The researchers found almonds, pistachios, and walnuts appear to be the best for lowering cholesterol, but there is no conclusive evidence for recommending specific kinds of nuts over others.

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is essential for the body’s functioning, but too much of it can be harmful.

High levels of cholesterol in the blood can lead to the formation of plaques in the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis.

This buildup of plaque can narrow the arteries and reduce blood flow, which can ultimately lead to heart disease.

The beneficial effect of nuts on cholesterol levels in the blood is important in preventing the build-up of fat in the arteries, which is a risk factor for heart attacks.

However, it is unclear whether nuts affect the risk of stroke and type 2 diabetes.

The researchers could not confirm whether nuts are good for blood sugar levels, which are linked to the risk of type 2 diabetes.

According to the researchers, the results show that eating nuts is good for heart health. The composition of fatty acids in nuts is one of the reasons for this connection.

While nuts cannot be used to treat high cholesterol, the effect is strong enough to be used as a preventive measure among the general population.

The average intake of nuts in Nordic countries is only 4 grams a day, and many people do not eat nuts or seeds at all.

Eating nuts and seeds frequently can improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. The study emphasizes that eating just a few nuts is better than none at all.

If you care about heart health, please read studies that yogurt may help lower the death risks in heart disease, and coconut sugar could help reduce artery stiffness.

For more information about health, please see recent studies that Vitamin D deficiency can increase heart disease risk, and results showing how to heal heart scars after heart attacks.

The study was conducted by Erik Kristoffer Arnesen et al and published in the journal Food & Nutrition Research.

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