EAT­ING PISTACHIOS, PEANUTS

MAY BOOST MEN­TAL SKILLS

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Daily con­sump­tion of nuts such as peanuts and pistachios can strengthen brain­wave fre­quen­cies as­so­ci­ated with cog­ni­tion, heal­ing, learn­ing, mem­ory and other key brain func­tions, a study has found.

Nuts have been known to play a cru­cial role in pro­tect­ing the heart, fight­ing can­cer, re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion and slow­ing the age­ing process. In the study, re­searchers from the Loma Linda Univer­sity in Cal­i­for­nia ex­plored the ef­fects of reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of six nut va­ri­eties — al­monds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and wal­nuts — on brain­wave ac­tiv­ity. Elec­troen­cephalo­grams (EEG) were per­formed on the par­tic­i­pants who ate the

nuts to mea­sure the strength of brain­wave sig­nals. The re­sults showed that pistachios pro­duced the great­est gamma wave re­sponse, which is crit­i­cal for en­hanc­ing cog­ni­tive pro­cess­ing, in­for­ma­tion re­ten­tion, learn­ing, per­cep­tion and rapid eye move­ment dur­ing sleep. On the other hand peanuts, which are ac­tu­ally legumes, pro­duced the high­est delta re­sponse, which is as­so­ci­ated with healthy im­mu­nity, nat­u­ral heal­ing and deep sleep.

“This study pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fi­cial find­ings by demonstrating that nuts are as good for your brain as they are for the rest of your body,” said lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor Lee Berk, As­so­ciate Dean at the var­sity.

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