Rat Study: Walnut Impact on Cognitive and Motor Function

May 6/Folsom, Calif./Asia Pulse -- New research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found a diet containing as much as 6% walnuts (equivalent to 1oz in humans) was able to reverse age-related motor and cognitive deficits in aged rats. The researchers believe that walnuts may have the ability to protect the brain by quenching the age- related free radicals, as well as promote neuronal communication and growth of new neurons. They concluded that adding walnuts to your diet may increase health span and provide a longevity dividend by delaying the onset of debilitating neurogenerative disease.

British Journal of Nutrition (2009),101,1140-1144: "Dose- dependent effects of walnuts on motor and cognitive function in aged rats." http://journals.cambridge.org/action displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=5465528.

From the May 11, 2009, Prepared Foods E-dition