Can Walnuts Help Prevent Alzheimer's?
This may one day be possible, says a study appearing in the Journal of Alzheimers's Disease. When mice were fed walnuts, there was great improvement in learning, memory and motor development, says Abha Chauhan's report.
"These findings are very promising and help lay the groundwork for future human studies on walnuts and Alzheimers's disease," says Dr. Chauhan. The amount of walnuts given to the mice (two quantities) correlated to either one ounce or one and a half ounces for human's.
One of the nut's most promising compounds is Alpha-linolenic acid.
Alpha-linolenic acid is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. It is found in flaxseed oil, and in canola, soy, perilla, and walnut oils. Alpha-linolenic acid is similar to the omega-3 fatty acids that are in fish oil, called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Add chopped walnuts to yogurt, green salad, rice, lentils and omelets. Blueberries, Dark chocolate, Broccoli and Avocados are also know for there brain-boosting properties.