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Walnuts can knock years off your age

Walnuts sit in a trailer after being harvested in Lompoc, California October 1, 2011. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: AGRICULTURE SOCIETY) - RTR2S52J
Walnuts sit in a trailer after being harvested in Lompoc, California October 1, 2011. Picture taken October 1, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: AGRICULTURE SOCIETY) - RTR2S52J

Washington: Ladies, you may want to add walnuts to your diet as a recent study has found that they can keep age-related health issues at bay.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital research suggested that consuming 1-2 servings of walnuts per week was associated with reduced risk of developing impairments in physical function, which helps enable older women to maintain independence throughout the aging process.

This paper emphasized that overall diet quality, rather than individual foods, may have a greater impact on reducing risk of physical function impairments. Specifically, diet quality traits most associated with reduced rates of incident physical impairment were higher intake of fruits and vegetables; lower intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fat, and sodium; and moderate alcohol intake. Among food components, the strongest relations were found for increased intakes of oranges, orange juice, apples, pears, romaine or leaf lettuce, and walnuts.

Senior author Francine Grodstein said that the simple message from this study is that eating an overall healthy diet, including certain foods, such as walnuts and other whole foods, may help women with the ability to do key everyday tasks as they age, like carrying groceries or dressing themselves.

The researchers looked at data from 54,762 women in the Nurses’ Health Study, which tracked women for over 30 years. Between 1992 and 2008, the women were asked questions about their physical function, including their ability to perform basic activities of daily living.

“These results add to the large body of evidence that outline the many benefits of a healthy diet for women. Additional research is needed to better understand how diet and lifestyle choices can help maintain our health and well-being as we age,” said Dr Grodstein.

The study is published in the Journal of Nutrition. (ANI)

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