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By griz104 Latest Reply 2010-03-23 11:19:19 -0500
Started 2010-03-23 09:55:35 -0500

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If you have trouble with high blood sugar, you might want to make this one of your mainstay snacks: a handful of walnuts.

Walnuts are already in a heart-healthy league of their own because of their cholesterol-improving powers. And now a small new study suggests that eating walnuts every day may help give blood vessels a much needed tune-up in people with diabetes.

Thy Daily Nut
In the study, people with type 2 diabetes were asked to eat about 2 ounces of walnuts every day. After 8 weeks, endothelial function improved significantly in the walnut eaters. Why is this good news? Because endothelial cells — that thin layer of cells that lines the inside of blood vessels — may be one of the first places to go bad when people with diabetes start developing vascular disease.

Walnut Wonders
Compared to other nuts, walnuts have higher amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, which may help protect against plaque formation in arteries. Walnuts also are a great source of an amino acid called L-arginine, which helps relax blood vessels and control blood pressure. And surprisingly, the nut eaters in the study didn't suffer any deleterious effects to their weight and waist sizes. Could be all the protein and fiber in walnuts helped the study participants eat less overall.

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GabbyPA 2010-03-23 11:19:19 -0500 Report

Nuts are great for us. I try to eat a handful of walnuts everyday. I buy a big bag at the warehouse store and pop it in the freezer. I do that with almonds also. Yum. Frozen nuts are really good. They have a nice texture and in Florida, frozen anything is good on a warm day.