Walnuts can lower cholesterol.A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that walnuts lower LDL (or bad) cholesterol prevent bone loss, and even fight cancer.
Researchers from the University of California, Davis fed mice with prostate tumors the human equivalent of three ounces of walnuts a day. At the conclusion of the study, the mices tumors shrunk by 50 percent, and tumor growth slowed by 30 percent compared to control mice.
These results make me very hopeful that walnuts may be beneficial both in terms of avoiding cancer and slowing cancer growth and therefore should be included in a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, said Dr. Paul Davis, lead researcher of the study. If additional research determines that walnuts have the same effect in men as they do in mice, adhering to a diet that excludes walnuts to lower fat would mean that prostrate cancer patients could miss out on the beneficial effects of walnuts.