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Walnuts for Your Heart

Do you like walnuts?

These tasty little nuts are packed with goodies to boost your health and well-being. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid or ALA. ALA is an Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid similar to that found in fatty fish like salmon and tuna, as well as in flax seed.

Omega-3 fatty acid, is the stuff that lowers LDL cholesterol, often called "bad" cholesterol. It also reduces the risk of heart disease.

Omega-3 is a useful fat. In addition to lowering LDL cholesterol, this form of Omega-3, ALA, also reduces the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, a condition that can cause sudden death. If you're like me, and you just can't develop much of a taste for fish, at least not enough to have it once a week, walnuts are a good alternative.

How many walnuts does one need to consume if he or she wants the health benefits? Just 1.5 ounces a day.

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