Eating Nuts Can Prolong And Lower Risk Of Diseases According To Study

Eating nuts daily can significantly lower overall mortality according to many studies. Eating a handful or 30 grams of nuts for five or more days a week can extend life for a couple of years.

Nuts have demonstrated profound effects on health such as its protective effect on human metabolism, and its ability to regulate inflammation and oxidation. Previous research, however, did not link the intake of nuts with lower mortality and did not question to a dose-response relationship of nuts. 

A research team revealed that people who ate 10 grams of nuts a day have a 23 percent lower chance of death. "Total nut intake was related to lower overall and cause-specific mortality (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurodegenerative disease, other causes) in men and women, according to the authors of the study.

The 10-year study started in 1986 observing more than 120,000 men and women between 55 to 69 years old. Substantially lower mortality was already observed in participants with consumption levels of 15 grams of nuts per day, according to Professor van den Brandt, lead author of the study from Maastricht University.

The research, which was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology studied the frequency and amount of consumed nuts. Mortality rates and causes of mortality were then observed ten years after the initial research started.

Furthermore, the research revealed a decrease in neurodegenerative disease by 43 percent, respiratory disease by 39 percent and diabetes by 30 percent for people who consumed nuts more. This revealed a significant link among nut consumption and overall mortality, according to Nutri Ingredients.

In addition, people who eat nuts also suffer fewer deaths due to cancer, heart problems and respiratory diseases, according to Daily Mail. A research from Harvard University revealed that women with high risks of heart diseases who had a tablespoon of peanut butter for five or more days a week appeared to cut down their risks of having a heart attack by half.

In the same Harvard study, adolescent girls who consumed one of more servings of peanuts a week had a significantly lower risk for developing lump breasts. Lumpy breasts may indicate an increased risk for breast cancer.

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