A huge, new review of scientific literature confirms what we already knew about eating nuts — they benefit your heart.
But two years ago, California nut growers got into a heap of trouble for stating this established scientific fact on their labels.
The FDA threatened the nut growers with legal action because they told the truth about heart-healthy nuts. (Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health allows manufacturers to print “Hearth Healthy” right on nutritionally worthless, processed, packaged cartoon cereal boxes.)
The California nut growers sued the FDA and, ultimately, won permission to promote the heart benefits of eating nuts under the “free speech” provision of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. In fact, I just heard an advertisement on TV talking about the heart benefits of nuts.
In an earlier, related victory for free speech and truth-telling, California wine makers sued the government for the right to state on their labels: “Consult with your doctor about the health benefits of moderate wine consumption.”
It makes me wonder how the FDA continues to get away with such restrictive provisions that forbid natural food growers and manufacturers to tell the truth about their products. Since when should the measly regulations of mumble-mouthed bureaucrats supplant the U.S. Constitution? Only in the world of big government, Washington, D.C., do you have to sue for your Constitutional rights.
The best nut for your heart and brain
The new systematic review analyzed the results of 61 studies published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It confirmed the finding that nuts — especially walnuts — lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The consumption of nuts also benefitted healthy blood lipid profiles naturally.
Tree nuts — such as almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts — contain important nutrients such as essential fatty acids, proteins, bioavailable minerals, and vitamins.
The review also confirmed some amazing evidence about the brain benefits of eating walnuts.
Of course, that finding isn’t really “new” news either.
Colonial physicians in the 17th and 18th centuries believed in the “doctrine of signatures.” This doctrine told them which plants would benefit which parts of the body simply by looking at their shapes (or “signatures”). So, for example, they believed a walnut, which looks like a miniature brain, benefits the brain.
Turns out, the colonial physicians were actually onto something big.
Walnuts provide 2.5 grams of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) per one ounce serving. Essentially, ALA is a plant-based form of omega-3 fatty acids. And as you know, these fatty acids benefit brain health.
In the upcoming February 2016 issue of my Insiders’ Cures newsletter, I will tell you about my new protocol for preventing and reversing dementia using all-natural approaches, including healthy nut consumption. If you’re not already a subscriber, now is the perfect time to get started. This is breakthrough information you won’t want to miss.
Just a handful of nuts a day can do wonders. But remember, there is a world of difference between eating nuts and drinking so-called “nut milks,” such as almond milk. As I long suspected, recent revelations show you don’t get what you may have been led think when you drink a nut-based milk as a substitute for dairy.
I suggest making a fresh start in 2016. Enjoy a green salad with dinner and sprinkle some fresh fruit and nuts on top. It’s good for good health for brain, heart, and body.
- “Effects of tree nuts on blood lipids, apolipoproteins, and blood pressure: systematic review, meta-analysis, and dose-response of 61 controlled intervention trials,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (www.ajcn.nutrition.org) 11/11/15