Posted on : February 1st, 2018
What should you eat if you want a healthy brain? Nuts! A number of recent studies point to tree nuts as being useful for cognitive function and memory. It might even be possible to reverse age-related declines! Some of the most useful nuts are walnuts, almonds and pistachios. Let’s take a look at what they can do.
Walnuts are probably the most important nut for brain health. Ironically, a walnut in a shell kind of looks like a brain inside a skull! Walnuts have almost twice as many antioxidants as other types of nuts plus they have significantly high concentrations of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. DHA has been shown to protect brain health in newborns and improve cognitive performance in adults. And, according to an animal study published in the August 2012 issue of the “Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry,” adding walnuts to a diet might someday be useful in helping to prevent age-related memory loss and dementia. A diet containing 6 percent walnuts was fed to rats and was shown to significantly reduce the degenerative protein deposits in the brain that are associated with age-related dementia. It seems to work by improving the brain’s natural waste removal processes. The greatest effects occurred in the area of the brain responsible for cognitive function and memory retention.
Almonds also have been shown to improve memory in animal studies. A study published in the June 2010 issue of the “Indian Journal of Pharmacology” showed that almonds cause a decrease in levels of an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is essential for memory and cognitive function. When acetylcholine is too low, protein plaque formation in the brain occurs and that is often associated with Alzheimer’s type dementia. The rats in this study were fed 150 milligrams per kilogram of body weight of almonds. In just 14 days, they showed improved learning and memory. The diet also reversed a purposely drug-induced form of amnesia.
According to a recent study by researchers at Loma Linda University Health, eating nuts improves brainwave function and pistachios showed the greatest gamma wave response. Gamma waves improve cognitive processing, memory, learning, and perception. Pistachios also have relatively high content of Vitamin B6 which is important for creating dopamine, a neurotransmitter that aids in concentration and learning. Pistachio nut oils also prevent inflammation in the brain and help preserve healthy levels of essential fatty acids.
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