A brand new research showed that eating a handful of nuts a day provides immediate protection against heart disease. Eating them regularly will greatly decrease the risk and provide permanent protection from heart disease. The research also showed an improvement in cholesterol levels and the flexibility of the blood vessels, which helps good blood flow, just 4 hours after people ate nuts or nut oil.
The conclusion was that regular consumption of walnuts can protect you from cardiovascular diseases.
“And only by consuming a handful of walnuts or walnut oil for four days in a week you can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease,” said Dr. Penny Kris Eterton, professor of nutrition at Penn State University in Pennsylvania.
In this study, they specifically identified the portion you need to eat daily in order to achieve better health. Eating only three tablespoons (51 g) of walnut oil you can improve the condition of your blood vessels in 4 hours.
Walnut oil proved to be especially good for the integrity of endothelial cells. It is the cells that line the blood vessels and play an important role in their flexibility.