According to recent findings, which were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, eating a handful of walnut a day helps in these areas below:
- better memory scores
- better cognitive function
Since walnut provides antioxidants and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the omega 3 fatty acid; they protect the brain cells from oxidative damage that result in cognitive decline.
The study also note that by supplementing Mediterranean diet with olive oil and an ounce of mixed nuts, which have more than half walnuts would be more benefits than a low fat diet in aiding with body weight, blood pressure, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation.
The dense nutrients in walnut contain anti-inflammatory properties thus keeps the brain staying sharp.
A team of researchers of Penn State also stated that a rich diet with walnut and walnut oil can help the body to function better with stress. These foods contain polyunsaturated fats, showed in their studies work to lower blood pressure when the body is at rest, and response to stress.
If you feel like snacking, have a handful of walnut, top them on your salad, add them in your oatmeal, cereal, or in baking. Walnut is packed with amazing health benefits to help our body and mind; so let put them to work for us.