Study finds eating peanuts may lower cardiovascular disease risk among people

Washington: According to the new study findings which were published in 'Stroke', a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, suggests eating peanuts may lower cardiovascular disease risk among people.

Asian men and women living in Japan who ate peanuts,  on average 4-5 peanuts per day, had a lower risk of having an ischemic stroke or a cardiovascular disease event compared to those who did not eat peanuts.

While previous studies have linked peanut consumption with improved cardiovascular health among Americans, researchers in this study specifically examined the link between peanut consumption and the incidence of different types of stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic) and cardiovascular disease events (such as stroke and ischemic heart disease) among Japanese men and women. "We showed for the first time a reduced risk for ischemic stroke incidence associated with higher peanut consumption in an Asian population," said lead study author SatoyoIkehara, PhD, specially appointed associate professor of public health in the department of social medicine at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Suita, Japan.

"Our results suggest that adding peanuts to your diet has a beneficial effect on the prevention of ischemic stroke. Peanuts are rich in hearth nutrients, such as "monounsaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals, vitamins and dietary fibre that help lower risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood levels of 'bad' cholesterol and chronic inflammation," said Ikehara.

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