New Australian research has found that eating at least 10 gms of nuts per day, the equivalent of two teaspoons, could help promote cognitive health as we age.
Memory BoosterThe findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health
& Aging, showed that those who regularly ate more than 10 gms
of nuts a day were 40 per cent less likely to have poor cognitive function
compared to those who didn't eat nuts, and showed improved thinking, reasoning
and memory. The findings also held true even after the researchers had taken
into account demographic, lifestyle, and behavioral factors as well as body
mass index (BMI) and energy intake.
Lead researcher Dr. Ming Li, says the study is the first to show a link between nut intake and cognitive health in older Chinese adults, one of the world's fastest growing aging populations. “Population aging is one of the most substantial challenges of the 21st century. Not only are people living longer, but as they age, they require additional health support which is placing unprecedented pressure on aged-care and health services,” Dr. Li says. “Improved and preventative health care—including dietary modifications—can help address the challenges that an aging population presents.”
How Do Nuts Impact Cognitive Health?
“Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fibre with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” Dr. Li says, adding that peanuts, which were a popular choice of many participants, are known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects help reduce cognitive decline.
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