Adding walnuts to your diet may help reverse some forms of age-related brain deterioration, according to a study published in the August 2012 issue of the "Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry." In the laboratory animal study, diets containing 6 percent walnuts significantly reduced degenerative protein deposits in the brain and promoted the brain's natural waste removal processes. Existing protein deposits were removed by the walnut-supplemented diets, with greatest effects noted in an area of the brain responsible for cognitive function and memory retention. Researchers also noted that walnuts boosted the brain's normal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
Almonds improved memory and lowered cholesterol levels in an animal study published in the June 2010 issue of the "Indian Journal of Pharmacology." Doses of 150 milligrams per kilogram body weight of almonds for 14 days improved learning and memory and reversed a form of drug-induced amnesia. Almonds also caused a decrease in levels of an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that increases attention and awareness. Low levels of acetylcholine can lead to protein plaque formation and dementia. Researchers concluded that almonds may offer benefits for restoring memory and cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients.
Marc’s on Henderson Road (Columbus) always has the best prices on walnuts, about $2 cheaper than other stores, but they have been going up. Yesterday I paid $6.99/lb for whole walnuts which is about $2 higher than a year or two ago.