All nuts are exceptional foods for promoting wellness and vitality, but walnuts may be the cream of the crop for brain health. In an exciting series of laboratory experiments, researchers found that fortifying the diets of lab mice with a daily dose of walnuts resulted in several significant brain-based benefits.
The mice fed the human equivalent of 1 to 1.5 ounces (a generous handful) of walnuts daily exhibited the following specific neurologic improvements: enhanced memory and learning skills, superior motor development, and reduced anxiety. Although walnuts are home to a host of brain-healthy ingredients, the researchers believe their uniquely robust supply of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, along with their hefty load of superstar omega-3 fats are likely the key players behind their brain-boosting prowess.
I encourage you to include any type of nut you enjoy regularly in your diet, but especially walnuts. For the best value, buy them in bulk from a wholesale grocer and store them in your freezer to preserve all of their goodness.
Choose a handful for your afternoon snack; throw them into your morning oatmeal, cereal, or yogurt; add them to your dinner salad- any way you can get them into your walnut-loving brain!
(Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2014, 42:4)
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