Have high cholesterol, diabetes, macular degeneration or erectile dysfunction? Then, Go Nuts!

by Hon Lee on March 18, 2014

Yes, according to David Grotto, registered dietitian and author of The Best Things You Can Eat, eating nuts is a simple way to help you live longer.  The following is based on an article he wrote for BOTTOMLINE magazine.

Almonds: Eating a handful can lower "bad" LDL cholesterol an average of 4.4% and eating two handfuls can lower it by 9.4% according to a three-month study testing 27 men and women with high cholesterol.

Brazil Nuts: Higher in selnium than any other food, selenium reduces cholesterol and the risk of blood clots that can lead to heart attacks. For men, selenium produces testosterone, the hormone needed to maintain a man's bone desity, muscle strenth and sex drive.

Cashews: One of the lowest fat nuts, it has heart healthy fats. What's more, when you eat a handful of cashews, your body releases a hormone that increases feelings of fullness and this might help with dieters.

Macadamia Nuts: High is monounsaturated fats that are good for heart health, they are also a good source of fiber that can reduce LDL and total cholesterol.

Peanuts: Actually a legume, peanuts are rich in resveratrol. an antioxidant that reduces inflammation.  A long term Harvard Nurses' Health Study found that people who regularly ate peanut butter, peanuts or other nuts weree less likely to develop diabets.

Peacans: One study found that the vitamin E in pecans and other nuts helped slow maculaar degeneration by about 25%. The antioxidants in nuts and other plant foods help prevent free radicals from damaging eye tissues.

Pistachio Nuts: In one study, men with erectile dysfunction given about three ounces of pistachios daily for three weeks showed an increase in the ability to get erections and improvements in blood flow.

Walnuts: Rich in alpha-linolenic acid, the kind of amega-3 fatty acids found in fish, Walnuts increase beneficial HDL cholesterol and decrease LDL. They also slow the progression of arterial plagues that produce clots that can cause heart attacks. A recent study found that eating walnuts with meals decreased the inflammatin that occurs immediately after eating a steak or other foods high in saturated fat.

Warning:  When eating nuts, please follow the Chinese medicine principle of balance and don't go overboard. Although a little may be good, but too much is not so good.  Also nuts that sit on store shelves tend to go racid fast, so make sure you use the smell test when shopping.


Hon K. Lee is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Herndon, VA., and the founder of Sports Edge Acupuncture Clinic. He is also an author, teacher, martial arts instructor, qigong practitioner and a U.S. Marine combat veteran. Proceeds from the sale of his memoirs go to charities that benefit wounded warriors and their families.

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