Next time you go to the doctor, you might get better advice for your heart and your mind if they suggest you begin to add walnuts to your diet. Walnuts provide some unique benefits to other nuts since they are the only nuts with omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Research out of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles has shown that a handful of walnuts every day can enhance memory, concentration, and information processing.
The study led by Dr. Lenore Arab, found that cognitive function was consistently greater in adult participants that consumed walnuts – regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.
This cross-sectional study is the first large representative analysis of walnut intake and cognitive function. In this study, participants included adults ages 20-59 as well as 60 and over. Dr. Arab and co-researcher Dr. Alfonso Ang found that study participants with higher walnut consumption performed significantly better on a series of six cognitive tests.
Hippocrates Was Right When He Said
“What’s Good For the Heart Is Most Likely Good For The Mind”
Research from Dr. Penny Kris Etherton, professor of nutrition at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, has found that eating just a handful of nuts per day provides immediate protection against heart disease. Research shows a significant improvement in cholesterol levels and flexibility of blood vessels, decrease both oxidative stress and some markers of inflammation which are all vital for healthful blood flow and heart health.
“And only by consuming a handful of walnuts or walnut oil for four days in a week you can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease,” said Dr. Penny Kris Etherton, professor of nutrition at Penn State University in Pennsylvania.
This study is the first of its kind to identify active constituents in walnuts that provide the greatest health benefits. And by eating a mere three tablespoons (51 g) of walnut oil can you improve the condition of your blood vessels in just 4 hours.
The oil proved to be especially beneficial for the endothelial cells– the cells that line the blood vessels and play an important role in their flexibility