Walnuts for Memory
A study was done at New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities on Alzheimer’s-susceptible mice that were put on a diet, which included walnuts, compared to a control group.
Findings: Mice who consumed walnuts showed a significant improvement in their learning skills and memory compared to mice without walnuts in their diets. They also saw improvements in motor skills and reduction in anxiety.
Other research: This is not the first study to show the health benefits of walnuts. Some studies have found that walnuts have been shown to protect against damage brought on by the dementia-causing disease, as well causing a decrease in inflammation.
How: It is believed that walnuts’ high anti-oxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other compounds give it these health benefits.
What this means for us: A handful of walnuts a day could help keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay. The Mice consumed what is equal to 1-1.5 ounces of walnuts per day in humans. Walnuts may be able to reduce the risk, delay the onset, slow the progress, or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Draw Backs: Remember this study was done on mice. Human studies need to be conducted to prove conclusively that walnuts are beneficial in this same way for humans.
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