Findings published in theJournal of Alzheimer’s Disease(January, 2012) suggest the antioxidants in walnuts and other Mediterranean foods could help counteract age-related cognitive decline and reduce incidence of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. This cross-sectional study evaluated whether antioxidant-rich foods from the Mediterranean diet were associated with better cognitive performance in a sub-sample (447) of elderly participants (aged 55-80 years) from the landmark Spanish PREDIMED study—a dietary intervention trial in asymptomatic individuals with high cardiovascular risk. The California Walnut Commission notes that walnuts are nutrient-dense, whole foods that not only provide antioxidants, but also alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. These nutrients offer anti-inflammatory properties and protect brain cells from oxidative damage. — California Walnut Commission, www.walnuts.orgNS