We all should be eating more nuts, according to a review of the research conducted at the Institute of Salud Carlos II in Madrid, Spain. The researchers point out that nuts can lower a host of chronic diseases, decrease body weight, improve metabolic status, glucose control, blood lipid levels and heart disease risk. Nut consumption also is associated with a lower risk for certain cancers, including colorectal, endometrial, and pancreatic cancers. Preliminary evidence suggests nuts also might protect against neurological disorders, including depression, mild cognitive disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease. Although poorly understood, the underlying mechanisms may include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory functions of nuts, as well as their vitamins, fiber, healthy fats, and phytonutrients.
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