Avoid AF, Eat Nuts

Eating nuts at least three times a week reduces the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, Swedish researchers report.

For the first time it has been shown that nut consumption has a linear, dose-response association with atrial fibrillation. The findings of this long-term, prospective study of over 60,000 adults, showed people who ate nuts three or more times a week were 18% less likely to develop AF than their non-nut-consuming counterparts.

The study, published in the BMJ journal, Heart also found those adults with a moderate consumption of nuts (defined as up to 1-2 times a week) had a reduced risk of heart failure, but this benefit disappeared if the intake was greater than this.

The study authors said it was already known that nut consumption was beneficial to heart health.

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