Snacking on nuts and seeds could almost HALF your risk of premature death by transforming heart health

Snacking on nuts and seeds boosts your heart health to such an extent that it could slash your risk of premature death by nearly half, a new study suggests, according to Daily Mail.

Researchers tracked 2,500 men for 22 years, monitoring their overall health, with a focus on the fatty acid levels in their blood. 

They found that those with a higher intake of linoleic acid, found in omega-6-rich foods like pine nuts and pumpkins seeds and vegetable oil, were 43 percent less likely to die early of preventable diseases.

The study also claimed they found no evidence to support fears that linoleic acid could promote cancer-causing inflammation - though it did nothing to protect people from cancer, either.

Scientists determined the blood fatty acid levels of 2,480 men between 42 and 60 years of age at the onset of the study, in 1984-1989.

Professor Jyrki Virtanen said: 'Linoleic acid is the most common polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid.

'We discovered that the higher the blood linoleic acid level, the smaller the risk of premature death.

New dietary advice to prevent type 2 diabetes

Eat more cheese, apples and yoghurts and cut down on red meat and potatoes

Eat more cheese, apples and yoghurt and cut down on red meat and potatoes to prevent diabetes, new health guidelines say.

Doctors have published a list of foods they recommend to help stop people developing type 2 diabetes, according to Daily Mail.

It is the first time health guidelines issued have specified which foods could help fight off the disease, which is linked to obesity.

Adding cheap lentils to meals could combat high blood pressure

Lentils could combat high blood pressure, research suggests.

An 'amazing' trial on rats revealed the pulse, used in curries and soups can slash blood pressure that rises with age, according to Daily Mail.

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is a silent killer and can lead to strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.

But the study offered hope of a cheap and easy way of combating high blood pressure.

The scientists also discovered eating lentils can reverse declines in blood vessel health.

Muscle loss in old age linked to fewer nerve signals

Researchers say they may have worked out why there is a natural loss of muscle in the legs as people age - and that it is due to a loss of nerves.
In tests on 168 men, they found that nerves controlling the legs decreased by around 30% by the age of 75, according to BBC.
This made muscles waste away, but in older fitter athletes there was a better chance of them being 'rescued' by nerves re-connecting.

Fish oil supplements in pregnancy 'may reduce allergies'

Taking a daily fish oil capsule during pregnancy and the first few months of breastfeeding may reduce a baby's risk of food allergy, research suggests.

According to a large analysis of past trials by Imperial College London, this led to a 30% reduction in egg allergy risk by the age of one, according to BBC.

Fish oil contains a special kind of fat called omega-3 that has a positive, anti-inflammatory effect.