Studies have linked nuts to better health and weight loss benefits for a variety of reasons. A new study from Spain is linking nuts to higher serotonin levels. Serotonin, is known for lessening feelings of hunger and improving mood.
The study also provides the first evidence in humans of the beneficial effects of nut consumption in reducing levels of substances in the body associated with inflammation and other cardiovascular risk factors according to researchers.
Over a 12-week period, the researchers asked 22 patients to add one ounce of mixed nuts (raw unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts) to their daily diets and instructed another 20 to avoid nuts. Among the patients that ate the nuts, researchers were surprised to discover serotonin levels were higher!
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