Nutty solution- 10 grams nuts daily significantly improve brain health in elderly
Consumption of 10 grams nuts daily improves cognitive function significantly in elderly.
According to new research from the University of South Australia,long-term high nut consumption could be the key to better cognitive health in older people.
Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fibre with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health.
World Health Organization says that by 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than five years old.
In a study of 4822 Chinese adults aged 55+ years, researchers found that eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day was positively associated with better mental functioning, including improved thinking, reasoning and memory.
Lead researcher, UniSA's Dr Ming Li, says 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.
"Population aging 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 services," Dr Li says.
"In China, this is a massive issue, as the population is ageing far more rapidly than almost any other country in the world.