Almonds for brain

Almonds for brain

There’s no denying that as we age chronologically, our body ages right along with us. But research is

showing that you can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain well into your old age if you

add these "smart" foods to your daily eating regimen.Adding Almonds to your diet may help reverse some

forms of age-related brain deterioration, according to a study published in the August 2012 issue of the

"Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.Almonds contain a host of healthy nutrients that not only benefits

overall health but is also known to boost specific brain functions.Almonds also contain the mineral zinc

that is known to keep up the functioning of your immune system. Zinc is also an antioxidant that fights

the free radicals in your bloodstream. These free radicals are responsible for attacking and breaking

down brain cells.

Like fatty fish, almonds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, but they are also rich in antioxidants,

including vitamin E. A Chicago Health and Aging Project study found that getting antioxidants through

food was more beneficial than through supplements (consider vitamins as a second line of defense). Raw

almonds provide the most benefits, but roasted ones (get unsalted) still offer a healthy dose of

omega-3s.1 ounce, or about 17-20 almonds, every other day or 1-2 tablespoon of almond butter every

other day. Keep an eye on calories.Almonds are moderate sources of lean protein — a 1 oz. serving

of blanched almonds provides about 6.07 g of this nutrient, according to the USDA National Nutrient

Database. For a 150 lb. person, this amounts to about 11 percent of the recommended daily intake.

Protein is essential for energy function, and also helps your body repair brain cells.

Almonds also caused a decrease in levels of an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter

that increases attention and awareness.The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in almonds help increase

intellectual levels and the magnesium in them help strengthen the nerves in the brain.In India, the

importance of almonds in brain development is clearly mentioned in Ayurveda. One of the books on medical

secrets of foods has mentioned that over 10,000 Jain monks living in the state of Karnataka, India

credited almonds for their high intellectual level as well as longevity.Almonds contain bioactive

polyphenols which serve as antioxidants. They help in protecting the brain cells against damage caused

by free radical attack.So adding the almonds in daily diet keeps the brain fit and healthy.