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Diet That Includes Small Amounts Of Nuts Reduces Risk Of Heart Disease

November 2, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Eating about one ounce of a mixture of raw unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts daily reduces inflammatory substances in the blood and increases serotonin levels, which in turn decreases hunger pangs, makes people feel happier, and improves heart health, researchers in Spain report. The scientists analyzed the compounds excreted in the urine of 22 patients with metabolic syndrome who consumed a nut-enriched diet for 12 weeks. A control group consisted of patients who did not eat nuts during the study period. Nut consumption not only boosted levels of serotonin metabolites in urine, it reduced levels of substances in the body associated with inflammation and other cardiovascular risk factors in patients.
Sara Tulipani et al., "Metabolomics Unveils Urinary Changes in Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome following 12-Week Nut Consumption", Journal of Proteome Research, November 02, 2011, © American Chemical Society
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