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Five reasons to eat nuts every day

We are what we eat and we are increasingly aware that our food has a huge effect on our body in ways we did not even imagine a few years ago. Balanced diets and products that are beneficial to us are beginning to occupy a very important place in our lives. Nature, in its immense wisdom, provides us with food that can help us lower cholesterol, prevent disease, or make us feel better physically and mentally. This is the case of walnuts , that monosperm dried fruit with a hard shell and a slightly bitter taste. This fruit, from the walnut tree, is widely known as a healthy food rich in proteins and hydrates.

These are some of the many reasons to introduce walnuts into your diet.

Neural skills. Adding walnuts to a healthy diet improves the performance of tasks that require motor or behavioral skills in elderly people, because it improves the connection between neurons thanks to its content in polyphenols and other antioxidants, as proved by neuroscientists at the University from Boston (USA).

Healthy heart.Following a Mediterranean diet enriched with 30 grams of nuts, at least half of them walnuts, reduces by one30% the risk of cardiovascular disease and, specifically, decreases by49%the possibility of suffering a stroke or cerebrovascular accident, as can be seen from a Spanish investigation published inThe New England Journal of Medicine.

Better mood and less tummy.According to a study by the University of Barcelona published in the Journal of Proteome Research, people with metabolic syndrome who incorporate walnuts and almonds into their diet experience, within 12 weeks, a significant increase in theserotonin levels. This substance, which improves the transmission of nerve signals, reduces the feeling of hunger, reduces the concentration of substances related to inflammation, fights abdominal obesity and hypertension, improves heart health and puts us in a good mood.

Super antioxidant.For their part, Joe Vinson and his colleagues at the University of Scraton (USA) have shown that the walnut is the nut with the most antioxidants,over peanuts, pistachios or almonds. For visible health benefits, Vinson recommends eating 7 nuts a day, a dose sufficient to reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular problems and cancer.

Against Alzheimer’s.A study released in the journalNeurochemical Research suggested that the extract of walnuts (the dried fruit once its fiber is eliminated) hasprotective effectsagainst oxidative stress and cell death that occur in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. And all thanks to its content of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid of vegetable origin.

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