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Monday, February 17, 2014


Walnuts are the best nut source of omega-3s. Pistachios are a close second. In small amounts they can be converted to EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), another omega-3 fatty acid used by the eye, along with DHA. They are full of antioxidants and vitamin E, which work to combat inflammation and preserve cardiovascular health. What's more, walnuts help to lower C-reactive protein, a marker that signals there is inflammation in the body. Having a handful of walnuts a day can cut your risk of a cardiac event by as much as 50 percent, according to several large research projects, including the ongoing Nurses Health Study. (Other types of nuts, including almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and peanuts, can also provide the same heart benefit, according to the Food and Drug Administration.)

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