In a recent study that was published in Nutrients, researchers examined how eating nuts affected memory.
Changeable risk factors, such as food choices and lifestyle choices, have a significant impact on cognitive health and on mortality and morbidity rates worldwide. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), B vitamins, fiber, highly bioactive polyphenols, and non-sodium minerals are only a few of the many potentially neuroprotective components found in nuts.
The idea that nuts are good for brain health is supported by the finding that increasing nut consumption is linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and a lower load of cardiovascular risk factors common to those in neurodegenerative illnesses.
Because that the brain goes through a number of processes that are distinctive in their intensity and complexity, it is thought that the period of in utero proliferation during gestation is particularly important for neurodevelopment. Important nutrients, such as the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acids (ALAs), which are present in nuts, particularly walnuts, may influence the epigenetic regulation of neural mechanisms, neuron formation and migration, as well as axon and dendritic proliferation, myelination, and synaptogenesis during this stage of brain development.
In utero nutrition that promotes neurodevelopment may improve a child’s academic performance, future professional success, and neuropsychological development. However, more study is required to determine the potential beneficial effects of nut consumption on cognitive health in children’s neurodevelopment.
There is little information available from clinical and epidemiological studies that examine how eating nuts affects brain function during pregnancy, childhood, or adolescence. In general, the authors found that moms who consumed more nuts during early pregnancy had children who developed their cognitive abilities more than non-consumers’ offspring at ages 1.5, 5, and 8.
Consumption of nuts and young adults’ cognitive function
The growth of the brain depends on nutrition, specifically certain fatty acids. Long-chain PUFAs (LC-PUFAs) are essential fatty acids that must be consumed through a diet rich in seeds, nuts, and oily fish because they cannot be synthesized by the human body. The formation and operation of the central nervous system are influenced by LCPUFAs at various stages of life.
It has been demonstrated that the LC-PUFA docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) modulates neurotransmission systems, including the dopaminergic, serotonergic, acetylcholinergic, and norepinephrinergic systems.