Nuts, inflammation and insulin resistance

Source: Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Disease

Having conclusively demonstrated how the consumption of nuts reduces cardiovascular disease, scientists have also become interested in the ways nuts influence inflammation and insulin resistance. Evidently, several components of nuts including, magnesium, fiber, linolenic acid, and L-arginine may reduce inflammation and protect against insulin resistance.

A diet rich in nuts results in an overall decrease in the body's glycemic index and produces an insulin sensitivity that helps to reduce the risk of diabetes.

Additionally, the antioxidants in nuts help to alleviate inflammation, which is another contributing factor to insulin resistance. The health of benefits of nuts, therefore, should include their role in reducing inflammation and protecting against insulin resistance.