Macadamia Nut

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About

Macadamia nut is the seed of the macadamia tree. Macadamia nuts are native to Australia. They are grown commercially in Hawaii and, to a much smaller extent, in California and Florida.

Roasted macadamia nuts are a popular snack. But some people also use macadamia nuts as medicine to lower high cholesterol.

How it works

Macadamia nuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and plant substances that might lower cholesterol.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Lowering cholesterol

Eating macadamia nuts as part of a healthy diet seems to lower total and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. But the changes aren't huge. Men with high cholesterol who eat 17-37 nuts per day for four weeks can see their total cholesterol drop by about 3%, their LDL cholesterol drop by about 5%, and their HDL rise by about 8%.

Concerns

Macadamia nuts are safe as food, and they seem to be safe as medicine for most people. They can cause an allergy, but this is rare.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Macadamia nuts are safe when eaten as food. But it's not known whether it's safe to take them in larger medicinal amounts duringpregnancyorbreast-feeding. Play it safe and stick to food amounts.Dosing considerations for Macadamia Nut.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.