Padma Lakshmi (“Top Chef”), Susan Sarandon (“The Big Wedding”), Whoopi Goldberg (“The View”) and another 100 million women worldwide contend with endometriosis, a condition in which endometrial cells (that line the uterus) grow outside the uterus, causing adhesions, scarring, severe pain and a 30 to 40 percent risk of infertility.
Even though 10 percent of all women develop endometriosis, we’re just beginning to understand the causes: possibly a combination of immune-system misfires, exposure to environmental toxins (like hormone disrupters in plastics), plus a genetic predisposition. Effective nonmedical treatments are emerging, but until recently, only hormone therapy, pain pills and surgery were offered, at a cost of $22 billion a year!
Novelist Franz Kafka (maybe a little nuts himself) explained the relationship between tree nuts and good health better than anyone: “God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.” That part is up to you, and boy, is it worth the effort!
Eating nuts regularly can help cool bodywide inflammation, reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome (a heart-risky precursor to Type 2 diabetes), lower blood pressure, reduce heart attack risk by 30 to 50 percent, shrink your waist (more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women means you’re obese), aid digestion and protect your brain. Eating 2 to 4 ounces of nuts a day may lower total cholesterol by up to 21 percent and LDL by up to 29 percent.
So here’s our scoop on nuts. And remember, substitute nuts for unhealthy carbs and fats in your diet: Don’t add them to what you already eat.
Let’s get crackin’!
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Dr. Michael Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information go to www.sharecare.com.