Would you like to know one of the great secrets to slowing the aging process? Okay, come closer. The secrets is……….”reduce your stress”.

You could literally age before your time because of the effects of stress. Watch this CBS video on the effects of stress and aging, and then come back for a simple solution.

Stress and Aging Video

Welcome back. If daily stress is taking a toll on your health, it’s time to go nuts! Really! You can feel better by eating walnuts, because according to a new study, they help fight stress.

“We wanted to find out if omega 3-fatty acids from plant sources would blunt cardiovascular responses to stress,” said Sheila G. West, associate professor of Biobehavioural Health.

The researchers found that including walnuts and walnut oil in the diet lowered both resting blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress in the laboratory.

This is important because it is hard to avoid all of the stressors in our daily lives. This study shows that a dietary change could help our bodies respond better to stress.

But wait, there is more! Results also showed that adding flax oil to the walnut diet improves your vascular health even more. The flax plus walnuts diet also lowered inflammation, which is another source of aging. This could also reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.

Walnuts are a rich source of fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acid.

These results agreed with several recent studies showing that walnuts can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. According to West, “This work suggests that blood pressure is also reduced when a person is exposed to stress in their daily life”.

Oatmeal is another great artery lover, which reduces cholesterol and is heart-healthy. I find that oatmeal alone tastes a little bland, so I like to add walnuts to my morning oatmeal along with cinnamon to spice it up.

Walnuts are a great diet aid as well. A few walnuts 20 minutes before a meal will reduce your appetite and slow down digestions, which helps avoid a spike in blood sugar.

One last tip: keep your nuts in the refrigerator to keep them fresher longer.

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