Munch Walnuts to Fight Alzheimer’s

Published: 11th November 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2014 06:02 AM   |  A+A-


HYDERABAD: A new study has found that eating walnuts could help in the fight against the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, led by Abha Chauhan, discovered a huge improvement in mice in terms of their memory, learning skills and motor development, along with significant reduction in anxiety when the animals are fed a diet enriched with walnuts.

While walnuts are not expected to serve as treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, for which there is currently no known cure, a diet rich in walnuts could prove to be beneficial to those suffering from it.

One ounce of walnuts could be considered one serving, an amount that is about 12 halves to 14 halves of the nut or a quarter of a cup. The researchers think that walnuts, which contain high amounts of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, could greatly help protect the brain from degenerating, which is what Alzheimer’s disease does to a person.

High levels of omega-3 fatty acids have also been previously shown to help fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

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