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Eating almonds is a delicious way to help keep your heart healthy

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2014-07-07 11:04

There has been a growing interest in how dietary factors effect the health of your heart. A heart healthy diet has evolved as consisting of a lot of fish, vegetables, and fruit with low consumption of red meat. New research shows that delicious almonds can be added to a heart healthy menu.

Mediterranean diets and high nut consumption decrease cardiovascular disease risk

An almond-enriched diet increases plasma α-tocopherol and improves vascular function reported the journal Free Radical Research. Vascular dysfunction is one of the primary causes of cardiovascular mortality and has been observed to increase with age. It has been suggested by epidemiological studies that Mediterranean diets and high nut consumption decrease cardiovascular disease risk and mortality while increasing plasma α-tocopherol. Research shows that a short-term almond-enriched diet can increase plasma α-tocopherol and improve the vascular functioning of asymptomatic healthy men between 20 and 70 years of age.

Almonds have beneficial effects on cardiovascular function

The bottom line is scientists have discovered that including almonds in your diet can decrease the risk of heart disease by helping to maintain healthy blood vessels reports Aston University. The researchers have observed that almonds have several beneficial effects on cardiovascular function including:

1: Significantly increasing the amount of antioxidants in the blood stream

2: Reducing blood pressure

3: Improving blood flow

These findings have added significant support to the theory that Mediterranean diets with many nuts have dramatic health benefits.

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