Are your nutcrackers just sitting around as part of your holiday décor?
If so, it’s time to dust them off and put them to work.
Because the world-renowned Linus Pauling Institute of the University of Oregon just released some delicious news.
According to researchers there, one humble little nut could practically take the place of your multivitamin. And if you’re a senior, the news is even better.
Hazelnuts rich in critical micronutrients
Their recent study focused on the diets of folks in their golden years. And they discovered that the tasty hazelnut packs a powerful nutritional punch.
It turns out the humble hazelnut could even help slash your risk for some of the diseases we fear the most as we age… from Alzheimer’s to cancer.
In fact, this often overlooked nut delivers two CRITICAL micronutrients many folks… especially seniors… don’t get nearly enough of every day. The essential nutrients magnesium and vitamin E.
Most folks need MORE magnesium and E
Up to 75 percent of American adults aren’t meeting the daily minimum for magnesium. And as we get older, we tend to get even less of the mineral in our diets. So shortages are common.
Even worse, you could be taking in enough magnesium and STILL fall short. Common medications such as antacids, antibiotics, and blood pressure drugs can rob you of magnesium. Plus as we age, our guts stop absorbing the critical mineral as efficiently.
And three major national surveys found that most Americans don’t get enough vitamin E in their diets either.
“Multivitamin nut” boosts necessary nutrients
Hazelnuts could fill in the gap, according to the new study.
Munching just one-third of a cup, around two ounces, of hazelnuts a day could send your magnesium and vitamin E levels soaring. And for seniors, in particular, that jump could be enough to turn you into the picture of health.
Plus blood glucose and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels had plummeted in the volunteers by the end of the 16-week study.
Hazelnuts can help keep you healthy
But this isn’t the first time we’ve had good news about hazelnuts. It turns out this “multivitamin nut” can help keep us healthy in a bunch of unexpected ways.
Boosts antioxidants: Oxidative stress damages our cells accelerating aging and contributing to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. But antioxidant-rich hazelnuts can help. In one 8-week study, eating hazelnuts significantly slashed oxidative stress. Just make sure you’re eating yours unroasted since the skin of the nut is PACKED with antioxidants.
Feeds our brains: Turns out hazelnuts are brain food too. This “multivitamin nut” contains a bunch of brain-friendly nutrients including manganese, thiamine, and folate. Deficiencies in all of three could lead to cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Fights cancer: Hazelnuts are brimming with cancer-fighting antioxidants. They include the vitamin E and magnesium I mentioned earlier, as well as potent proanthocyanidins. Lab and animal studies have shown hazelnut extracts could help fight cervical, liver, breast, and colon cancer cancers.
Lowers cholesterol: You probably already know eating nuts can help protect your heart. And hazelnuts are no exception. In one study after just ONE month of eating the nuts, a group of volunteers with high cholesterol had their cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL “bad” cholesterol levels drop. Other studies have found hazelnuts help lower oxLDL (the truly nasty stuff) and heart-damaging inflammation as well.
Improves blood sugar: In one study a diet rich in the same kind of oleic acid you can find in hazelnuts sent fasting blood sugar and insulin levels plummeting while increasing insulin sensitivity in folks with type 2-diabetes. And after eating mixed nuts… including hazelnuts… for 12 weeks, another group of volunteers with metabolic syndrome saw BIG improvements in their fasting insulin levels.
Nuts are a terrific source of healthy fats and filling protein. But walnuts and almonds tend to get all the glory. It’s time to add hazelnuts to the mix.
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