Nuts may be able to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke and Cancer

Nuts may Prevent the Return of Colorectal Cancer

Almonds Ripening on the Tree

A study published February 28, 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that people with Stage III Colorectal cancer had a better chance for survival and a lower chance of the cancer returning if they ate nuts twice a week. The study followed 826 people with stage III colorectal cancer for six and a half years.


Walnuts, in particular, have been the focus of research at Harvard University that showed a strong association between eating walnuts and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Also, the American Heart Association and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognize walnuts as heart healthy because they contain rich sources of polyunsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, antioxidants, polyphenols and gamma tocopherol.

Walnuts may Prevent Breast, Colorectal and Prostate Cancer

Breast Cancer

According to research, walnuts may also prevent breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. A study published February 5, 2014 in the Journal of Nutrition  found that maternal mice fed with walnuts added to their chow had a lower risk for breast tumors and cancer compared to mice fed with corn oil in their chow. Also, the off-spring of these mice on the walnut enriched diet also had less breast and prostate cancer tumors than the off-spring mice on the corn oil diet.

Prostate Cancer

Walnuts contain a substance called pedunculagin which was shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. Walnuts have also been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells in mice.

Colorectal Cancer

A  mouse study published in Cancer Prevention Research found that walnuts have a protective, beneficial effect on gut bacteria in the colon. Mice that ate flax seed oil and walnuts had fewer and smaller tumors than mice fed corn oil in their chow.

Almonds and Heart Disease

A study published March 20, 2014 in the journal Free Radical Research by researchers at Aston University showed that almonds can keep blood vessels healthy and improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Almonds also contain generous amounts of the antioxidant Vitamin E and those who ate almonds had more Vitamin E in their bloodstream.

Peanuts, Almonds and Walnuts had Protective Effect Against Getting Breast Cancer

A study published August 2015 in Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation found that women who ate peanuts, walnuts and almonds had a 2-3 times less chance of contracting breast cancer. The study followed 97 patients that had breast cancer and a control group of 104 who did not have breast cancer. The researchers concluded that high consumption of peanuts, walnuts and almonds had a protective effect against breast cancer.

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Since research has shown that eating nuts, especially walnuts, almonds and peanuts, may protect against heart disease and cancer, you should include them in your diet. What an easy way to stay healthy unless you are allergic to nuts.

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