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Can almonds help your heart?

20 July 2006 - for immediate release

Researchers at Aston University led by Professor Helen Griffiths have been awarded funding by the Food Standards Agency to investigate whether eating a daily almond snack for two months can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Initial results have been very promising and the team are now looking for more local volunteers to take part in the study.

Diseases like cardiovascular disease are known to arise over several decades and improvement in the diet of young people, particularly of men (who are more likely to have a heart attack before the age of 50 than women), is a simple but effective way of
safe guarding future vascular health.

Almonds are one of the richest natural sources of tocopherols and the Aston group believe that as well as having antioxidant function, tocopherols can reduce the activity of cells involved in blood vessel function. The group's initial results have shown that eating a daily almond snack improved blood vessel function, reduced blood pressure and even reduced body weight in some subjects.

Professor Griffiths explains: 'We are now looking for more male volunteers aged under 30 to complete our study and will be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in participating.'

If you would like to take part in the study contact Professor Griffiths on 0121 204 3415 or on 0121 204 4134.

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For further press information please contact Sally Hoban on 0121 204 4552.

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