Nuts strengthens brain, preserves memory

Nuts strengthens brain, preserves memory

More and more studies are revealing that nuts are great for your health, with benefits ranging from better cardiovascular health to boosted memory and cognition. A new study has looked at the brainwaves triggered by nut consumption, and it found further evidence for their cognitive benefits.

Recently, a plethora of studies have pointed to the positive effects of nuts on cognition.For instance, Medical News Today reported on a study showing that adding more nuts to a Mediterranean diet may protect against age-related cognitive decline and help to preserve memory.

But how do nuts affect actual brain activity? Researchers from Loma Linda University (LLU) Health in Beaumont, CA, set out to investigate. They were led by Dr. Lee Berk, associate dean for research at the LLU School of Allied Health Professions.

Berk and his colleagues started from the observation that nuts have high concentrations of flavonoids — that is, antioxidants believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, and heart protective effects.

As the authors explain in their study, previous research has shown that flavonoids can enter areas of the brain’s hippocampus that are responsible for learning and memory.

These flavonoids are thought to induce neuro-protective effects, leading to “neurogenesis,” or the “birth” of new neurons, as well as improving the blood flow to the brain.

Guardian


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