Cardiovascular disease emerged as India’s top killer around the mid-1980s. Since the turn of the century, it is a growing threat. According to Registrar General of India Report 2016, heart diseases such as blocked artery, pulmonary hypertension, and stroke are the leading killers in India. The report states that 31.6% people die of diseases of the circulatory system that include heart disease and stroke. Twenty-five years of research has concluded that walnuts provide heart-health benefits and that they are one of the first whole foods to receive a qualified health claim about their heart-health benefits from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
• Reducing total cholesterol
• Lowering harmful LDL cholesterol
• Raising beneficial HDL cholesterol
• Decreasing blood pressure
• Reducing inflammation
• Improving blood vessel function
Dr. H.K. Chopra, Sr. Consultant Cardiologist, MoolchandMedcity opines that walnuts are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acid, with 2.5gm of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) per serving. They reduce total cholesterol and LDL ‘bad cholesterol’ and recommend an ounce (28gm) of walnuts a day to keep the heart attack away.