Regular Nut Consumption Linked to Better Cognitive Health
A new study has shown that regularly eating nuts could help keep the mind sharp. The research, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, found that people who ate a small handful of nuts every day had better cognitive function than those who did not.
The study followed over 4,800 Chinese adults aged 55 and above for four years. Participants were asked about their nut intake and cognitive abilities were assessed using the Mini-Mental State examination, which looks at aspects such as memory, attention, and language.
Results revealed that those who ate nuts had better cognitive function, with stronger memory, attention, and language abilities. The beneficial effects were particularly evident in women and those over 65 years old.
Dr. Ming Li, lead author of the study from the University of South Australia, said that eating nuts could be a simple and effective way to promote brain health and prevent cognitive decline. “Nuts are known to be rich in healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants, all of which could contribute to better brain function,” he explained.
Previous research has also shown that multivitamin supplements and flavanol-rich foods can help improve memory and brain health in seniors. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet, as well as engaging in regular mental and physical exercise, are also important factors in maintaining cognitive function as we age.