The Benefits Of Eating Nuts In Obesity, High Blood Sugar And Hypertension
Eating nuts can increase serotonin levels in humans. Serotonin is a substance that helps transmit nerve signals, reduces hunger pangs and improves overall mood. It is also beneficial in having a healthy hear. With just an ounce of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts a day, you can harness the therapeutic benefits of serotonin. In patients with metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular diseases are more likely due to a decrease in serotonin levels. Eating nuts could be a promising preventive measure as well in patients with this type of metabolic disorder.
This report on nuts is in the ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research. Cristina Andres- Lacueva and her colleagues from the Biomarkers & NutriMetabolomics Research Group of the University of Barcelona in collaboration with the Human Nutrition Unit of the Rovira i Virgili University have published a report on the positive effect of exercise and a regular diet of nuts to obese patients. The research focused on the effect of nuts consumption on 22 patients with metabolic syndromes; patients were placed on a nut-enriched diet for 12 weeks and results were compared to patients who were told to totally avoid nuts. Urine specimens of patients who joined the study were analyzed and revealed some significant healthful changes. A nut diet increased the serotonin levels in patients as evidenced by serotonin metabolites in the urine.
Nuts also have properties that can reduce inflammation plus improve overall cardiovascular function contributing to a healthy heart. With just a small amount of nuts in the diet, tremendous therapeutic benefits are within reach especially in patients with metabolic syndromes.
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