Brain Bulletin #62 - Nutritional Magic for Your Brain

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The food you eat every day influences your energy levels, and your mood. Get in the habit of doing some mental accounting. Ask yourself if what you are about to eat is a net gain, or net loss for your brain. Every bite counts. Each time you take a bite of food you are making a small, but important choice. These choices add up. Fast. 

Don't forget walnuts. Walnuts are my favorite brain food.

Your brain accounts for 2% of your body weight, but burns over 20% of your energy reserves. That means your brain is a big's working pretty hard. To get the most from your brain you need to feed it often with slow-release, high quality nutrition.

It doesn't get much better for your brain than raw, unsalted walnuts!

The Romans and the ancient Chinese thought that since walnuts look like the brain, they must be good for the brain. Recent science proves them right!

  • Walnuts are great for your brain. Here's what you get: 
  • Walnuts develop 3 dozen neuro-transmitters for your brain.
  • Walnuts are packed with vitamin E.
  • They contain the, all important for your brain, fatty acid omega-3.
  • Walnuts can improve brain function and memory. 
  • They can even lift your mood.
  • They improve artery function after a high fat meal.
  • Walnuts promote heart health....(and what's good for your heart is good for your brain!).
  • They can help prevent cognitive decline as you age.
  • Walnuts can help your brain get a good, natural night's sleep.
  • Some studies seem to indicate that walnuts even play a role in reducing cancer.

This may be the "clincher":

Eating walnuts lowers the risk of weight gain. This seems counter-intuitive. But a twenty-eight month study in Spain found that people who ate nuts at least twice a week were 31% less likely to gain weight than people who did not. Study authors concluded, "Frequent nut consumption was associated with a reduced risk of weight gain (5 kg or more). These results support the recommendation of nut consumption as an important component of a cardioprotective diet, and also allay fears of possible weight gain."

Eating just four walnuts a day can help.

You can carry them with you to snack on. Sprinkle them on oatmeal. You can put them in our salads.

Walnuts are a key part of my #1 recommended breakfast for your brain:
The #1 Breakfast for Your Brain

More information on brain foods is found here:
Eat 5 of These Super Brain Foods Every Day!

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