In an article by Dr. David Katz, Director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale presents scientific data from a couple of studies that tout the therapeutic benefits of walnuts (which have come to be my new favorite nuts). In one study, they found that “adding walnuts to the daily diet of adults with Type 2 diabetes for two months significantly improved blood vessel health, as measured by something called endothelial function.” (Source)
A great movie to get a visual orientation on how endothelial cells function is Forks Over Knives – it was released this summer and probably available for an online download by now. These honey-comb shaped cells play a vital role in how blood flows through our arterial systems; The faster the blood surges through your arteries, the more youthful and vibrant your organs.
Katz’ own study paralleled with the diabetes research in which he found that adding about 14 walnuts a day to the diet of individuals who display metabolic syndrome (considered to be a potential pre-diabetic state), adding roughly 14 walnuts a day to their diet, did not gain weight, but rather stabilized in weight gain and all showed improved blood pressure and endothelial function.