“You need to eat walnuts” my old boss used to say whenever I had forgotten something or to do something or I could not remember an information that she had given me before. I used to dismiss her suggestion, but hey, I think she may have had a point and I should have heeded her advice then.
It is said that just a few walnuts a day provide sufficient antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that the body needs to improve cognitive function. In an effort to address past omissions then, I have started to put chopped walnuts in cereals and yoghurt (adding chocolate powder for good measure as per my blog on chocolate). It can never be too late!
Walnuts are high in vitamin E which is said to potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. According to a report of the Alzheimer organisation published in 2019, there are around 900,000 people with dementia in the UK. This is projected to rise to 1.6 million people by 2040. I was unable to find a more recent research, post-pandemic.
Walnuts are also rich in Omega3s - that is the ‘good fatty acids’ that are beneficial for vision, brain function and blood pressure. Other food that are rich in Omega 3s are mackerel, salmon, eggs, milk bread, spinach, broccoli, kale - to name a few.
Sometimes nature shows the connection between our body and the environment. Have you noticed the uncanny resemblance of the shape of half walnut to the brain? Does it not look like the left and right hemisphere of the brain? So, when people say: “have you gone nuts?”, do I take it as a compliment?!
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