Nuts are a powerful source of disease fighters that can help ward off chronic illnesses, according to studies published Nov. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

According to the journal article, studies of 76,464 women in the Nurse’s Health Study and 42,498 men of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study found that eating nuts everyday could add years of life.

The two studies were completed separately over a course of roughly 30 years and only included people who had no history of cancer, heart disease, or stroke.

“Increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

However, the association between nut consumption and mortality remains unclear,” said the report.

Statistics from the studies show that participants who ate nuts more than seven times a week had a death rate 20 percent lower than those who chose not to indulge in the array of nuts surveyed including almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts.

Participants in both studies who ate nuts at least seven times a week experienced a 29 percent decrease in the risk of heart disease, and their chances of developing cancer was 11 percent lower.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year.

Nuts have many properties that positively impact health, such as their ability to offer high-quality protein, fiber, and vitamins such as vitamin B-laden folate, niacin, and vitamin E, according to the study.

Eating nuts daily also reduced variables leading to insulin resistance, gallstone disease, inflammatory diseases, and respiratory issues, the study said.


Alexis Taylor

AFRO Staff Writer