Nuts and seeds are rich in energy and nutrients, and packed with antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids(omega-3), fiber, vitamins and minerals. So far, a British research has claimed, “consumption at least 20 grammes of nuts a day” is a safe alternative way to treat Cancer, and may cut the risk of coronary heart disease & degenerative nerve disease.
A large analysis of current research on nut consumption shows, it (20g of nuts- equivalent to a handful) can reduce human risk of heart disease by 30 percent, chance of cancer by nearly 15 percent and people’s risk of premature death by 23 percent. And also associated with a cut risk of dying from respiratory problem by near about a half and diabetes by 40 percent. The invention have been revealed in the journal BMC Medicine.
The study, led by scientists from Imperial College London, United Kingdom and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway explored 29 existing studies from around the world, including Asia, Europe and Australia.
The research team combed through their databases of 29 published studies from around the world that involved up to 819,448 subjects, including more than 12,000 cases of coronary heart disease, 9,200 cases of stroke, 18,000 cases of cardiovascular disease, 18,400 cases of cancer, and more than 85,000 deaths.
The research included all kinds of tree nuts such as Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews, Chestnuts, Pecans, Hazelnuts(filberts), etc. Among of these some nuts particularly almonds, walnuts and pecans are high in anti-oxidants, which can protect oxidative stress and possibly reduce cancer risk.
Why nuts are good for you:
Nuts nutrition loaded with excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUF), fibre and magnesium. It is the storehouse of health benefiting poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidants such as cryptoxanthin, carotenes, lutein, resveratrol, etc. These compounds are valuable to give protection against cancers, nerve disease, heart disease.
The study’s co-author Dagfinn Aune from the School of Public Health at Imperial said, “Nuts and peanuts are high in fiber, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fats – nutrients that are beneficial for cutting cardiovascular disease risk and which can reduce cholesterol levels.” That way Aune explains how nut’s nutritional value may be responsible for good health outcomes.
According to research team there were some difference between the populations (men and women), people living in different areas or those with different risk factors, they found that nut eating was associated with reduction in heart disease, stroke and cancer risk across most of them.
“We found a consistent reduction in risk across many different diseases, which is a strong indication that there is a real underlying relationship between nut consumption and different health outcomes. It is quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food,” Dagfinn Aune said.