Brain Foods that Look Like the Brain
There are so many natural foods that resemble major organs in our body and actually have been found to support the health of that organ. Walnuts are no different. They resemble the brain and have amazing nutritional value for the brain. Nuts in general are super healthy for us and one study from Harvard University
looked at over 100,000 people and compared their longevity to those who consumed nuts regularly compared to those who did not. Those who did eat nuts regularly were healthier and lived longer. They found they were also less likely to die from cancer, heart disease or respiratory failure. People who eat nuts are also less likely to gain weight even though nuts do contain a high amount of fat in them. Dr. Hu says " Nuts are high in protein and fiber, which delays absorption and decreases hunger”(1). Nuts contain mostly unsaturated healthy fats.
Many nuts are good for the brain, but walnuts are on the top of the list. They are extremely high in DHA which is a type of Omega-3 fatty acid that plays a crucial role in neurological and visual development in infants, as well as benefits for cognitive performance in adults, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease (2).
How to eat and how much to eat of walnuts:
1/4 cup of walnuts a day gives you the recommended daily intake of DHA. I start my day out with a 1/2 cup of mixed all organic nuts (See my blog on organic produce
to learn why organic) including walnuts, almonds, Brazilian nuts and cashews. You can also crush nuts up and put them on hot cereal, acai bowls, yogurt, and even fish instead of breaded, use nuts! Go Nuts!
- "Eating Nuts Linked to Healthier, Longer Life". Corliss, J. 2013
- "DHA Supports Brain Development and Protects Neurological Function". Blaylock, R. 2008.