Published: 04/28/2006 - Updated: 08/14/2019
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei
Long time ago, studies are under way to highlight the beneficial effect that consumption of nuts has on health, especially in relation to cardiovascular disease.
In a recent study published in the scientific journal “Journal of Nutrition” conducted by Dr. Rune Blomhoff, there is talk of a new mechanism of action by which nuts may exert protective effect on certain diseases. Thus, it is the antioxidant content of various nuts: more than 160 plant foods are evaluated after the second-fruit wild skirmish with higher content of antioxidants. Walnuts contain a variety of compounds with antioxidant activity such as certain vitamins, certain minerals and other phytochemical compounds such as polyphenols, and are therefore a good source of antioxidants for our body.
The antioxidant properties of nuts contribute to the prevention of oxidation of the body and the control of oxidative stress and therefore are useful in preventing some diseases where it is active oxidation, as some types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment associated with age or aging in general.
This study conducted by the team of Dr Blomhoff, highlights the importance of knowing the total antioxidant content of foods, as increasingly appears to be related to a better state of health of our body. Therefore, unlike other studies that were simply analyzed the concentration of any single component antioxidant like vitamin C or vitamin E, in their study there is the total concentration of antioxidants; interesting concept because it seems that certain compounds could act synergistically, i.e. action by enhancing each other.
Rich in Antioxidants
The most rich in antioxidants are nuts, followed by pecans, very rich. Hazelnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, macadamias, pine nuts, pistachios and cashew nuts also contain significant concentrations.
Thus, given the high prevalence, there is increasingly certain pathologies related to oxidative stress, taking a diet rich in foods of plant origin, rich in antioxidant compounds, is increasingly recommended by the Specialists in nutrition and dietetics. Nuts may help to enrich our diet in this compound.
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