People who added hazelnuts to their diet for a few months significantly improved their levels of two key micronutrients, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University.
In the study, 32 people over 55 years old ate approximately 57 grams of hazelnuts daily for 16 weeks .
Two micronutrients and Alzheimer’s
The study results showed an increase in blood levels of magnesium and high urinary levels of a product of degradation of alpha tocopherol, commonly known as vitamin E .
The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition , are important because many Americans do not eat adequate amounts of micronutrients: lower concentrations of micronutrients are associated with an increased risk of age-related health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease .
Vitamin E and magnesium are two of the least consumed micronutrients in the population of the United States. And there is much more in hazelnuts than we analyze here. It is also a great source of healthy fats. For people do not like to take multivitamins, hazelnuts represent a multivitamin in a natural way.