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Experts say walnuts could help with blood pressure

May 14, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Could walnuts help lower your blood pressure?

According to a new study from Penn State University, walnuts may be a very effective way to help with blood pressure issues.

The researchers found that when participants ate whole walnuts daily in combination with a lower overall amount of saturated fat, they had lower central blood pressure.

Central blood pressure is the pressure exerted on organs, like the heart

Researchers often use this to measure overall blood pressure.

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid which is a plant-based omega-3.