This Common Food Keeps Your Brain Healthy

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The more people ate, the
better their thinking skills over time.
Eating two teaspoons of nuts
each day is linked to better memory, thinking and reasoning, new research
Those eating a small amount of
nuts regularly had 60 percent better cognitive skills than those not eating
them, the study found.
Nuts contain antioxidants that
can help to reduce inflammation, which protects the brain against cognitive
The conclusions come from a
study that tracked 4,822 people over 55-years-old in China from 1991 to 2006.
All were given tests of
cognitive function, including memory, thinking and reasoning.
The results revealed that 10
grams of nuts per day or higher was linked to a 40 percent reduction in the
risk of cognitive decline.
The more nuts people ate, the
better their thinking skills over time.
Dr Ming Li, the study’s
author, said:
“By eating more than 10 grams
(or two teaspoons) of nuts per day older people could improve their cognitive
function by up to 60 per cent — compared to those not eating nuts — effectively
warding off what would normally be experienced as a natural two-year cognition
The nut most people ate in the
study was peanuts — 17 percent were regular consumers of them.
Dr Li said:
“Nuts are known to be high in
healthy fats, protein and fibre with nutritional properties that can lower
cholesterol and improve cognitive health. 
While there is no cure for
age-related cognitive decline and neurogenerative disease, variations in what
people eat are delivering improvements for older people.”
Aging populations around the
world can change their diet to slow down natural decline, Dr Li said:
“As people age, they naturally
experience changes to conceptual reasoning, memory, and processing speed. 
This is all part of the normal
ageing process. 
But age is also the strongest
known risk factor for cognitive disease. 
If we can find ways to help
older people retain their cognitive health and independence for longer — even
by modifying their diet — then this absolutely worth the effort.”

About the author

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
The study was published in The
Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging (Shi, 2018).

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.