A super-snack that attacks Alzheimer’s disease

Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the rate of about one a minute. To shrink your risk, you should eat a super-snack that helps the body protect itself against this devastating condition.

A study at the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) shows that if you eat walnuts every day you may reduce your chances of succumbing to Alzheimer’s.

The lab tests showed that the nutrients in these nuts can significantly boost learning ability, expand memory retention, improve emotional stability and increase motor skills.

Health benefits of walnutsThe researchers believe that the antioxidants in walnuts help stave off mental deterioration. Oxidative stress, free radical destruction of neurons and inflammation in the brain are thought to contribute to memory loss.

“These findings are very promising and help lay the groundwork for future human studies on walnuts and Alzheimer’s disease – a disease for which there is no known cure,” says researcher Abha Chauhan. “Our study adds to the growing body of research that demonstrates the protective effects of walnuts on cognitive functioning.”

According to the study, eating about 1 to 1.5 ounces of walnuts daily can protect your brain. In previous research, Chauhan found that substances in walnut can protect neurons against oxidative injury linked to amyloid beta protein, a destructive protein that accumulates in the brain during Alzheimer’s disease.

Walnuts are also a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) an omega-3 fatty acid that contributes to heart and brain health.

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Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.