REVIEW OF HEALTH BENEFITS
Can we eat too many Macadamias?
A REVIEW OF HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE WORLD’S FINEST NUT Ian McConachie/1999
form an important part of a healthy diet. The health benefits of macadamias can not be traced to any single constituent, but to the complex composition and inter-relationships that exist. For an ideal diet they need to be eaten in conjunction with a range of foods. A diet containing macadamias promotes good health, longevity and reduction of degenerative diseases. Health benefits are about reduction of risks.
Research knowledge from other tree nuts is often applicable to macadamias, and most other tree nuts also have proven health benefits. Tree nuts are an ancient food and the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid recommends them to be eaten daily.
Dietary studies with tree nuts including macadamia trials have shown reduction of risk areas such as:
- Cardio-vascular Diseases
- Anti-inflammatory Diseases
- Anti-aggregatory Diseases
- Immuno Modulating Systems Current Australian Macadamia Society research projects are:
firstly a dietary trial to measure reduction of risk of heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, cancers and related diseases, a project to determine the antioxidant present and their activity; secondly a project to investigate the effect of macadamias in protecting the brachial arterial walls, which are associated with a reduction of arteriosclerosis. Macadamias are not genetically modified and only contains natural genes.