Nuts to Lower Cholesterol


Nuts have consistently been shown to be very protective for the heart, and this review of multiple studies just cements this further.  Interestingly enough, the average positive change in lipids for 67 g of nuts / day (less than 1/2 cup) was better than that of statins.  And statins don’t contain the high levels of phytonutrients that nuts do that are also good for the heart.  Not much of a contest….  Two notes.  Use raw or roasted /salted nuts with NO ADDED OILS.  That means canned and some bulk nuts are out.  Second, walnuts and pecans are known to have the highest levels of antioxidants, so make sure they’re in the mix.  For a snack in between patients, I get a small handful of mixed up nuts and a small square of dark chocolate…perfect combination for heart health!

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.