Eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day may improve thinking, reasoning and memory, and keep age-related mental disorders at bay. This has been found in a study by the researchers from the University of South Australia which was conducted on 4,822 Chinese adults aged over 55 years. Ming Li, lead researcher said that by eating more than 10 grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts per day, older people could improve their cognitive function by up to 60 per cent- compared to those not eating nuts — effectively warding off what would normally be experienced as a natural two-year cognition decline.
The study is the first to report an association between cognition and nut intake in older Chinese adults, providing important insights into increasing mental health issues, including dementia, faced by an ageing population. Ming Li, said that the Population ageing is one of the most substantial challenges of the twenty-first century.
Not only are people living longer, but as they age, they require additional health support which is placing unprecedented pressure on aged-care and health service, he added. Li said peanuts have specific anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects which can alleviate and reduce cognitive decline.