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Walnuts Boost Memory and Improve Cognitive Function

Walnut consumption in a Mediterranean diet was associated with better memory scores and cognitive function. In a recent study, results suggested that antioxidants present in walnuts and other Mediterranean dietary patterns may help counteract age-related cognitive decline and reduce the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. The investigators believe that the high polyphenol (antioxidant) content found in walnuts may be one of the key elements. Coffee, virgin olive oil and wine were also associated with better cognitive scores. “Findings from previous studies and the current study suggest that a diet with walnuts may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly population. This may be attributed to a unique combination of anti-amyloidogenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of walnuts.” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, March 2012