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News2011March › Pecan nut is one of the healthiest snacks for the heart › March 2011

Pecan nut is one of the healthiest snacks for the heart

The pecan nut is one of the best snacks to eat to keep your heart and arteries healthy - and it may even lower your chances of cancer

The pecan nut is one of the best snacks to eat to keep your heart and arteries healthy - and it may even lower your chances of cancer. The nut is rich in a form of vitamin E that reduces inflammation, one of the main causes of many chronic illnesses.
Eating the nuts could reduce your levels of LDL, or 'bad', cholesterol by 16.5 per cent, which is twice the level achieved by following the American Heart Association's diet.
The nut's health-giving ingredient is its gamma-tocopherols, a form of vitamin E, an antioxidant. The gamma-tocopherols lower LDL levels, improve artery health and lower inflammation.
Researchers from Loma Linda University, who tested 16 participants, said the nut protects against heart and artery health, as well as lowering the risk of cancer.
(Source: Journal of Nutrition, 2010; 141: 56).


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