Brain health has become a hot topic in the world of wellness in recent years. She enrolled in our Trends in Wellness in 2019 and resumes our podcast. Here at mbg, we literally have a brain in our head and we are always looking for new research on the prevention of cognitive decline (with a focus on the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and dementia) and relief of brain fog.
New research, however, has driven us to look for our nut butters even more than usual. In a study done by the University of South Australia, researchers discovered that walnut consumption could be the key to better long-term cognitive health.
Specifically, they found that "consumption of more than 10 grams of nuts per day was positively associated with better mental functioning, including improved thinking, reasoning, and memory" in Chinese patients aged 55 years and over. years and older. According to the study, people who consume nuts could improve their cognitive function by up to 60% compared to those who do not consume them. Crazy, no?
Of course, we have known for a long time that nuts are a super powerful food – pistachios, nuts, Brazil nuts, etc. – but this study adds even more support to claims that nuts can have a substantial and positive impact on our brain health. Beyond brain health, nuts can help improve insulin sensitivity, improve the health of your intestines and even give you glowing skin. Did we mention that they were delicious and constituted delicious, grain-free desserts (like this chocolate cake for one and those blueberry and streusel muffins)? Register us this moment.
Given that China is experiencing one of the fastest growing aging populations (the World Health Organization indicates that by 2020 there will be more people aged 60 and over). more than children under the age of five), this study has major implications for improving health care living much longer and experiencing cognitive decline (including the United States!). "As people age, they naturally experience changes in conceptual reasoning, memory, and speed of treatment," says lead researcher Dr. Ming Li. "It's all part of the normal aging process."
In other words, if you want to justify your obsession with nut butter (or you know, make sure your brain stays at its best for more of your life), rest assured to add yet more nuts at your day is do something good for your health. So go ahead, go ahead.