New research carried out at Marshall University in the US suggests that women who eat two small handfuls or two ounces of walnuts every day can ‘significantly’ reduce their risk of getting breast cancer.
The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Nutrition and Cancer’, with lead researcher, Elaine Hardman saying, “Food is important medicine in our diet. What we put into our bodies makes a big difference. It determines how the body functions, our reaction to illness and health. The simple stuff really works, eat right, get off the couch and turn off the TV.”
Walnuts are packed with protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals but it is their antioxidant polyphenols, which make this nut stand out. Antioxidant polyphenols are compounds that interact with free radicals to stabilise them and prevent them from causing problems to our cells. Walnuts have nearly twice as many of these compared to almonds, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, pecans, cashews and macadamias, researchers say.
One US chemistry professor and study researcher, Joe Vinson, has conducted research on walnuts, said, “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people do not eat a lot of them.”
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