Friday April 3, 2020

Here’s Why Women Should Consume Walnuts

Eating walnut linked to healthy life in women

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Women who consume walnuts have a greater likelihood of healthy aging. Pixabay

Women in their late 50s and early 60s who consumed at least two servings of walnuts per week had a greater likelihood of healthy aging compared to those who did not eat walnuts, researchers have found.

In the study, published in the Journal of Aging Research, “healthy aging” was defined as longevity with sound mental health and no major chronic diseases, cognitive issues or physical impairments following the age of 65.

Previous research found that eating walnuts may have a positive impact on reducing the risk for physical impairments in older adults as well as cognitive decline. Additionally, others in the same research group have found decreases in cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes – all conditions that become more common as we age.

There is no one solution to slowing down the effects of aging, but adopting the right habits, like snacking on a handful of walnuts, can help. In this study, the researcher Francine Grodstein from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US, looked at data from 33,931 women in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) to evaluate the association between nut consumption and overall health and well-being in aging.

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Eating walnuts may have a positive impact on reducing the risk for physical impairments in older adults as well as cognitive decline. Pixabay

Between 1998-2002, female nurses in the NHS were asked about their diet (including total nut consumption); evaluated for chronic diseases (such as cancer, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease); and assessed for memory concerns, mental health and physical limitations (including daily activities like walking one block, climbing a flight of stairs, bathing, dressing oneself and pushing a vacuum cleaner).

Of the study participants, 16 per cent were found to be “healthy agers,” defined as having no major chronic diseases, reported memory impairment or physical disabilities as well as having intact mental health.

Although previous research has connected a healthy diet, including walnuts, to better physical function among older men and women, this study only included women. According to the researchers, more research is needed to understand if these results hold true among men.

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Additionally, participants were not assigned to eat walnuts or other foods; they were simply asked about their dietary choices.

As an observational study, this does not prove cause and effect. However, the research does shed light on simple habits that can influence health during later years in life – such as eating walnuts, the researchers said. (IANS)

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Here’s a Healthy Diet for Your Liver

Detox Diet for Liver Cleansing

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It is important to follow a healthy diet to prevent liver damage. Pixabay

Your liver is the second largest organ in the human body with a complex structure and function. It plays a vital role in your digestive system. It processes all the food and liquid intake in the body, including medication. Therefore, it is impossible to survive without the functioning of the liver.

Being a multi-functionary organ, the liver is prone to viruses, toxic substances and contaminants present in food and water. Even when the liver is under siege, it is slow to complain as it is a tough, hardy part of our body. Dr. Namita Nadar, Head Nutritionist, Fortis Hospital Noida shares a diet which is beneficial for liver cleansing.

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Liver problems generally remain unknown to patients, as they will experience few or no symptoms. According to a report by WHO, liver diseases are the 10th most common cause of deaths in India. The most common causes of liver diseases are obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and hepatitis viruses. While there have been major advances in medical research, there is still no complete cure for liver diseases. Only way to cure a liver is through a liver transplant. Therefore, it is necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent liver damage.

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Walnuts are considered to be healthy for your liver. Pixabay

Detox Diet for Liver Cleansing

  • Eat food like garlic, grapefruit, carrot, green leafy vegetables, apple and walnuts
  • Walnuts are a source of glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, and the amino acid arginine, supporting normal liver cleansing actions, especially when detoxifying ammonia.
  • Consume olive oil, lime juice, green tea and turmeric.

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  • Turmeric, which has been used as a medicine in Ayurveda for centuries, is rich in
  • Curcumin. The component helps the enzymes to flush out toxins, repairing liver cells. It also boosts bile production.
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Have a balanced diet with foods from all the food groups. Pixabay
  • Increase intake of alternative grains (Quinoa, Millet and Buckwheat) and cruciferous vegetables (Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale and Cauliflower). Such foods contain glutathione, which triggers the toxin cleansing enzymes of the liver.
  • Have a balanced diet with foods from all the food groups: grains, protein, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and fats
  • Eat foods that are rich in fibres such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, rice and cereals. Beets, a natural cleanser for digestive system, contain a healthy dose of fibre. It can break down toxic wastes to facilitate excretion. It also stimulates bile flow and boost enzymatic activity.

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  • Tea is beneficial for a healthy liver. This may be down to a compound named catechin.
  • The antioxidant helps improve liver enzyme level, reduces oxidative stress and fat deposits in the liver. Green tea is packed full of this plant antioxidant.
  • Citrus fruits synthesize toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water.
  • Grapefruit is particularly beneficial as it contains two primary antioxidants: naringin and naringenin. (IANS)