Posted on : April 25th, 2019
Chances are good you know someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or some other form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. And if you’re like me, you don’t want to go that way if you don’t have to.
Now it would be wrong for me to say that you could prevent dementia by eating nuts. But there is significant evidence to show that it might actually help! People with Alzheimer’s show greatly decreased levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. That’s the brain chemical associated with short-term memory and learning so when it’s deficient, you naturally will see the symptoms most common in people with this form of dementia. Low acetylcholine is not the cause of Alzheimer’s Disease. Long-term poor dietary habits (especially too much sugar, not enough protein and vegetables), lack of exercise, and things we don’t quite understand such as long-term anxiety or depression appear to combine with heredity over time. Eventually, should this combination progress towards Alzheimer’s, low acetylcholine is one of the results.
But guess what can increase acetylcholine? Almonds! Just 8-10 almonds a day has been shown to help memory. Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, two nutrients that positively affect brain function. L-carnitine is a powerful antioxidant that helps rid the brain of toxins while reducing inflammation and supporting healthy acetylcholine levels. Riboflavin also has an antioxidant effect and helps lower homocysteine levels. Stress and poor diet are significant factors in homocysteine levels getting too high and that is associated with inflammation in the body and high cholesterol. So eating almonds can help counteract those effects.
But that’s not all! The protein in almonds helps the brain repair itself and the zinc they contain boosts the immune system, which helps prevent bacterial and viral infections that damage brain cells. And the magnesium in almonds helps the brain repair itself and grow new neural pathways while helping with anxiety and depression.
Is it any wonder that doctors now recommend that elderly people eat almonds several days a week? So good for you and delicious to eat! And with so many almond choices at Maisie Jane’s—whole nuts, flavored nuts, almond butter, and chocolate covered—you’re come to the right place for all your almond brain health desires and needs.
Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Inc. was founded on strong beliefs and passion for offering unique, flavorful, top-quality, nut products. We strongly believe in earth-friendly practices that start on our family owned and operated orchards. We use Organic farming practices and continue in the process by using all-natural ingredients with no preservatives or GMOs. We believe in honest, friendly and helpful customer relations at all levels. We take pride in every task, every day, with every person.