Remembering Nuts

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Many people is not new to the fact that peanut is one of the best food for the brain.With our brains being made up of about 60% of what is called “structural fat” and needs high-quality fats like omega-3s to function properly by keeping the brain fluid and flexible. These small crunchy nuts are one of the best source of nutrient our brains need to function properly; for us to remember important things and think for important matters but still with everyone being aware of how peanuts and how particular kinds of peanut can do wonder for our brain many still don’t know other things this nuts become, other than being low in sodium and cholesterol-free: there is more than that.

Containing protein, vitamins, minerals, fibers and primary unsaturated fats, peanut is one of the most popular food in the nutrition chart and since the brain need all these nutrients to function properly, peanut had become on of the go-to food for people having trouble with neuro-related things. But despite this being said, people should not go and eat peanut in haste because it’s better to know a particular peanut first before consuming it for better result s with that being said, we will go and see what a particular kind of peanut can do to our brains and how it differs from the other.

Walnuts for example contains a high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. Some studies have linked low consumption of omega-3s to depression and decreased cognitive function that’s why with this and many more, walnut is considered as the top kind of nut for the brain. The DHA it contains protect brain health for newborns. It also improve cognitive performance for adults while preventing cognitive decline. In addition, one study proves that mothers with a higher DHA level have smarted kids so if you want to have genius children in the future a quarter cup of walnut which contains 100% of recommended daily DHA in take is already more than enough.

Also with the great need to stay sane we need to ahve the right nutrient to get our brains in the right path. Did you know that walnuts also seem to triple melatonin levels in the body? Melatonin is one of the body’s sleep regulating hormones, so if you’re tired of counting sheep at night, maybe a pre-bedtime snack of walnuts would help you get some shuteye. Walnuts also contain manganese, copper, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium—all nutrients which are important to good health, and walnuts, like most nuts, can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health when eaten as part of a balanced diet.

The next kind of nut are Almonds or Hazelnut. These two nuts are great source of concentrated vitamin E which is associated with less age-related cognitive decline so remember that 1/4 cup of these two is nearly 150% of RDA for vitamin E.

Last but definitely not the least in our list is our old trusty plain peanut. Being high in niacin which promote low cognitive decline in people eating it regularly. In addition one study states that having a high peanut intake lessen the chance of having Parkinson’s disease.

With everything being said about how miraculous peanuts can be, there are still many things these tiny nuts can do. Being one of the few food with high protein, a kind of vitamin the brain needs to produce neurotransmitters, peanut helps the brain produce transmitters that can help it work faster and more effective.

On the other hand, the vitamins it possess helps the brain function properly just like Vitamin E, which the brain cells use as an antioxidant from chemical breakdown. Also the minerals that the brain requires for the body to produce electrolytes are found in peanuts which will be absorbed by the cells afterwards. Specifically, peanut contains magnesium, copper, phosphorous and potassium, containing 10 to 12 percent of the RDI for these minerals. Each of these minerals is important for brain and nerve cells to generate electrical signals in order to communicate with themselves and the rest of the body.

As if the list can get longer, peanuts are also said so lessen Alzheimer’s and age-related cognitive decline. With a study from the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry states that regular intake of peanut or a naicin rich food provide protection from Alzheimer’s. Researchers from the Chicago Health and Aging Project interviewed over 3,000 Chicago residents aged 65 or older about their diet, then tested their cognitive abilities over the following six years.

Those getting the most niacin from foods (22 mg per day) were 70% less likely to have developed Alzheimer’s disease than those consuming the least (about 13 mg daily), and their rate of age-related cognitive decline was significantly less. One easy way to boost your niacin intake is to snack on a handful of peanuts—just a quarter cup provides about a quarter of the daily recommended intake for niacin (16 mg per day for men and 14 for women)

With every nut laid in the table and nutrients attached to it for our sake, we can all see how important peanuts are to our main source of information and life. The brain is the one that control every movement our body makes and how we think. With a lousy brain we wont be functioning as good as we want to but on the contrary having a healthy brain will result to the opposite, a happy and effective human being. As on of the best food for the brain, peanuts is sure a big hit and a very large source of vitamins, minerals and fibers our brain need despite how small i can be. Protein, Omega-3, niacin and many more, just name it and you can have it in one bite of these crunchy small nuts. with this being said, i hope you all remember the miraculous nut and all the amazing things i can do to the power system of our body. One cup every now and then won’t hurt especially when it can guarantee a well functioning brain, remember that.

Sources: http://blog.brainhq.com/2010/08/25/nuts-for-brain-health/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/445843-are-peanuts-brain-food/

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=101

http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/06/walnuts-the-ultimate-brain-food.html

 

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