Brain health has become a popular topic in the wellness world over the last few years. There are numerous new studies focusing on preventing cognitive decline and the emphasis seems to be on Alzheimer’s and dementia, and alleviating brain fog.
In a study done by the University of South Australia, researchers found that eating nuts could be a key to better long-term cognitive health.
Specifically, they found that “eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day was positively associated with better mental functioning, including improved thinking, reasoning and memory” in Chinese patients aged 55 and up. According to the study, people eating nuts could improve their cognitive function by up to 60 percent, compared to those not eating nuts.
Of course, it’s been known for quite some time that nuts are a super powered food – pistachios, walnuts, Brazil nuts, you name it – but this study adds even more support to claims that nuts can have a substantial and positive impact on brain health. Beyond brain health, nuts can help improve insulin sensitivity, enhance your gut health, and even give you glowing skin.
I suggest that you re-read my post “Pistachios and Pine Nuts”, dated July 27, 2018.
Given that China has one of the fastest growing aging populations, this study has major implications for improved and preventive health care in nations where people are living longer and experiencing cognitive decline (including the US). “As people age, they naturally experience changes to conceptual reasoning, memory and processing speed,” says lead researcher Dr. Ming Li. “This is all part of the normal aging process.”
In other words, if you’re looking to justify your nut-eating obsession, rest assured that adding more nuts to your day is really doing something good for your health. Ignore the warnings by some “experts” that nuts contain lots of fat; good fats are nothing to worry about. However, try to keep away from simple carbs, and processed foods; anything in a wrapper, bag, box, can, and advertised on TV should be avoided when possible.
That’s it for now; see you all the next time.
P.S. Peanuts are not really nuts; they are LEGUMES.