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Do walnuts have any health benefits?

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Studies show that walnuts can be beneficial for the cardiovascular system. The omega-3 fatty acids they contain can lower cholesterol levels, soften hardened arteries, and lower blood pressure caused by stress.

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Do walnuts have any health benefits?
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In one study, participants added 1.3 ounces of walnuts and one tablespoon of walnut oil to the standard American diet. They increased arterial function significantly when compared to a control diet without their addition, according to WebMD.

Ingesting walnuts after fasting for 12 hours during stressful times also decreased a person's blood pressure levels by two to three points. This improvement was in both the systolic and diastolic pressures.

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