Experts: Nuts promote mental health in old age

Nuts against cognitive decline in old age?

As we get older, our cognitive health continues to deteriorate over time. The question naturally arises whether and how this process can be stopped. Researchers have now found that eating at least two teaspoons of nuts (10 g) can promote our cognitive health in old age.

The latest research has now shown in a recent study by the University of South Australia that eating nuts has a positive effect on our cognitive health in old age. The results of the study were published in the journal "Nutrition, Health & Aging".

Data from 4,822 people were evaluated for the study

For the study, the data of 4,822 Chinese adults from the China Health Nutrition Survey were analyzed. The survey data was collected over a period of 22 years and showed that 17 percent of the participants ate nuts regularly. The study also showed that people who regularly ate more than ten grams of nuts a day were 40 percent less likely to have poor cognitive health. If the cognitive functions deteriorate, this particularly affects the thinking, memory and memory of those affected. The results were also true when the researchers considered demographic factors, lifestyle and behavioral factors as well as the body mass index (BMI) and energy consumption.

Increased life expectancy leads to more health problems

The aging of the population is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Not only do people live longer, they also need additional support as they get older, which puts unprecedented pressure on care for the elderly and the healthcare system, explains the research team. Improved and preventive health care, including changes in diet, could help meet the challenges of an aging population.

Why are nuts so healthy?

It has long been known that nuts are rich in healthy fats, proteins and fiber and have nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health. Nuts have a kind of anti-aging effect. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects help reduce cognitive decline. By consuming more than ten grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts a day, older people could significantly improve their cognitive function compared to people who don't eat nuts at all, the Australian research team reports.

Age is the best known risk factor for cognitive disorders

With age, of course, people experience changes in their conceptual thinking, memory, and processing speed, which is part of the normal aging process. However, age is also the most well-known risk factor for cognitive disorders. Here it is important to identify ways in which older people can maintain cognitive health and independence for longer. (as)

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