Eating Nuts Benefit Both Brain and Heart Health

By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

Researches at Loma Linda University Health found that eating nuts regularly improves brainwave frequencies related with cognition, healing, learning, memory, and other key mental functions.

The study, entitled “Nuts and brain: Effects of eating nuts on changing electroencephalograph brainwaves” that was published in the FASEB Journal, discovered that specific nuts stimulate brain frequencies more than others.

For instance, pistachios produce the greatest gamma wave response, which is essential for increasing cognitive processes, information retention, learning, perception, and rapid eye movement during sleep.

Peanuts, on the other hand, generated the highest delta response, which is associated with healthy immunity, natural healing, and deep sleep.

While researchers found variances between six nut types, all of them showed high levels of beneficial levels of antioxidants, with walnuts being the highest of all.

In another study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers also determined that people who regularly eat nuts have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease compared to people who eat nuts seldom to never.

Although Emilio ROS, an investigator of CIBEROBN, a research network of Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Spain, confirmed that the consistent findings suggests a connection between nut consumption and heart disease protection. There is still more to research about the matter as well as the other benefits of nuts.

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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