Peanut consumption is good for heart health

Add peanuts to your daily diet and improve your heart health as studies suggest so. “Nuts are rich in nutrients, such as unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, phenolic antioxidants, arginine and other phytochemicals,” suggests senior author Xiao-Ou Shu from Vanderbilt University in the US.

“All of them are known to be beneficial to cardiovascular health, probably through their anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and endothelial function maintenance properties,” Shu added.

Considered the first of its kind, the study discovered all the races – blacks, whites, and Asians alike. It could potentially increase heart health by eating nuts and peanuts, the researchers noted. Compared to tree nuts, peanuts are much less expensive as well as more widely available to people of all races and all socioeconomic backgrounds, increasing peanut consumption may provide a potentially cost-efficient approach to improving cardiovascular health.

The research was based on three large on-going cohort studies. Participants included over 70,000 people from the Southern Community Cohort Study (SCCS) in the US, and over 130,000 Chinese from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) and the Shanghai Men’s Health Study (SMHS).

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