The study, which is published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, notes that previous studies have suggested intake of tree nuts is linked with reduced cardiovascular disease risk factors as well as cancer.

A 2013 study, for example, showed that consuming walnut oil boosts blood vessel functioning and eating whole walnuts helps “good” cholesterol transport and remove extra cholesterol from the body more effectively. Researchers from this latest study, led by scientist and research nutritionist Paul Davis, note that they have been assessing the health impacts of walnuts for quite a while.

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