WALNUTS: protect our arteries from some effects of higher glucose

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-05-17 19:17:48 -0500
Started 2012-05-16 12:49:16 -0500

Recently, we've had conversations about how helpful Almonds are in keeping our BG levels down. Here's some information about how walnuts are helpful to us too.

Walnuts and Blood Sugar

Nuts are high in protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat, which means they're not only nutritious but slowly digested, too. And research suggests that nuts also may boost insulin sensitivity — a nice bonus.

Even better, though? Walnuts may be particularly useful for people managing diabetes. In one study, regularly eating walnuts seemed to improve endothelial function in people with diabetes.

That's a really great thing because endothelia — the cells lining your arteries — are one of the first things to suffer when high blood sugar begins to wreak havoc in the body.

18 replies

Somoca 2012-05-16 16:41:08 -0500 Report

I like nuts but they do not like me. If I eat more than a handful in one day, I look like a blowfish.

Caroltoo 2012-05-16 18:33:47 -0500 Report

That is really too bad, cause they are so good to snack on and cook with!

jigsaw 2012-05-17 07:00:42 -0500 Report

I don't recommend snacking on fish oil, but it's definitely a good source of omega 3s, and a good alternative to walnuts as a source!

Caroltoo 2012-05-17 13:30:48 -0500 Report

Oh, true … Omega 3 would be slimy as a snack … but I think of nuts more as a source of protein and fiber since I take Krill oil as a suppliment.

jigsaw 2012-05-17 14:47:29 -0500 Report

I know with fish oil it's important to avoid brands that may contain mercury. Is there an advantage to krill oil vs fish oil ?

jayabee52 2012-05-17 14:54:07 -0500 Report

I am given to understand that since krill is lower on the food chain than fish, there is not so much chance of mercury pollution. And most krill is harvested in the antartic where there is not so much mercury pollution either.

jigsaw 2012-05-17 17:51:08 -0500 Report

I'll have to see if it's readily available at a reasonable price! Krill oil is a new one for me although I do feed my fish freeze dried krill. That's the only experience I've had with krill.

jigsaw 2012-05-17 19:17:48 -0500 Report

That's definitely conveinient! Costco is accross the street from Walmart where I currently purchase my Aloe!!! (-; Thanks!

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2012-05-16 13:48:26 -0500 Report

Any chance you could share the source of these studies? I would love to hear that it is more concrete rather than "one study" or "research suggests"..I'd like ot find out more about how walnuts may improve endothelial function. I like walnuts.

Caroltoo 2012-05-16 18:32:16 -0500 Report

Thanks, Al, appreciate your looking this up for us. I was on my way out the door this morning when I saw his message and didn't have time to research it right then.

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