Peanut is Food for the Brain

Peanuts and peanut butter are nutritious foods for the brain. They contain many essential nutrients the brain and body require, while being low in sodium and cholesterol-free. Few foods are as versatile as peanuts and peanut butter, which also provide protein and other nutrients less expensively than many other foods. The peanut and peanut butter are popular and nutritious foods, containing protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and primarily unsaturated fat. Since the brain requires all of these nutrients to function properly, peanuts and peanut butter are a good natural source to nourish the brain and nervous system. Peanuts and peanut butter also maintain heart health, making them good foods to include as part of a balanced diet.

Eating nuts has been associated with plenty of health benefits — from increased cognitive function to protection from Alzheimer’s, as well as keeping your heart healthy. Now, scientists have added more benefits to that list: People who eat a lot of nuts might have a lower risk of mortality and developing chronic diseases, including respiratory disease, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

“For people who already eat plenty of meat and dairy products…nuts and ‘nutty’ legumes, like Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts and walnuts, are a good nutritional alternative to meat,” Dr. Donal Murphy-Bokern, independent agric-environmental scientist and author of several studies on food system impacts, said in a statement.

Heeding this advice means people can reap the benefits that come with eating nuts — Protein! Fiber! Omega-3 fatty acids! — At the same time they help the environment by reducing greenhouse gases. Scientific American reported meat production contributes up to 22 percent of the 36 billion tons of greenhouse gas emitted into the world each year. Nuts fall into two categories: peanuts (which are really legumes) and tree nuts. The latter includes Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts and America’s beloved almonds. Health reported that each nut is “about equal in terms of calories per ounce, and in moderation, are all healthy additions to any diet.” And existing research generalizes that eating nuts does everything from reduce risk for a slew of diseases, maintains weight, boosts gastrointestinal and bone health, even adds years to a person’s life.

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Folate, as defined by Harvard Medical School, is “the naturally occurring form of the vitamin that is in foods or in the blood.” It’s also the vitamin that staves off brain atrophy or the progressive loss of brain cells over time. This means the more folate a person consumes, the better he or she can combat cognitive decline. A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found folate may ward off depression, too.

And which nut is super rich in folate? Unsalted peanuts. Brain HQ added peanuts are also high in vitamin E and niacin, both of which boost brain health. Hazelnuts and almonds are known to have concentrated amounts of E, too, so either nut is bound to help your noggin.

Protein. Few foods are so packed with protein as the peanut and peanut butter. They contain 10 percent of the recommended daily intake or RDI of protein, according to the American Peanut Council. Protein is required for the brain to manufacture chemicals called neurotransmitters, which brain cells use to communicate with one another. Two important neurotransmitters are norepinephrine and dopamine. When the brain manufactures these neurotransmitters, The Franklin Institute says, they can contribute to a feeling of alertness and added energy after the protein meal.

Vitamins. Peanuts and peanut butter are good sources of particular vitamins the brain needs to function properly. They contain high amounts of vitamin E, which brain cells use as an antioxidant to protect them from chemical breakdown. These foods are also rich in niacin, a B vitamin the brain uses to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related degeneration. Another B vitamin, folate, is also found in high concentrations in peanuts and peanut butter. A pregnant woman needs folate in her diet in order for her fetus to develop a normal brain. Folate deficiency can cause a birth defect known as anencephaly, where the baby’s brain forms outside its skull. –

Minerals. The brain requires certain minerals that the body turns into electrolytes, which then become absorbed by cells. Peanuts and peanut butter are especially rich in 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.

Peanuts would definitely help us to improve our state of being smart but, too much intake of this would take you to disease. Listening and understanding your studies make you much smarter than relying on eating peanuts. It is on the person who is striving to learn everything on anything with or without the peanuts. Being smart is on the person’s way how to deal things and not with the help of food. Although food plays a big role but in order to be smart, you are the one who is obligate to be wise or to be smart not by the food.

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SOURCES:

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

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

http://www.medicaldaily.com/national-nut-day-2014-peanuts-tree-nuts-and-how-each-helps-your-health-307642

 

 

 

 

 

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