Eating This One Vegan Food Boldly Boosts Brain Function

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Vegetarian foods have been studied for cancer prevention to heart health and more, but there's one vegan food that is critical for enhancing cognitive processing, information retention, learning, perception and rapid eye movement during sleep -- and that food is humble pistachio.

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A new study has found that eating nuts on a regular basis strengthens brainwave frequencies associated with cognition, healing, learning, memory, and other key brain functions. The study, by researchers at Loma Linda University Health, has found that eating nuts on a regular basis strengthens brainwave frequencies associated with cognition, healing, learning, memory, and other key brain functions according to a study published in FASEB Journal.

Pistachios Are King Cognition

In the study, researchers found that some nuts stimulated some brain frequencies more than others. Pistachios, for instance, produced the greatest gamma wave response, which is critical for enhancing cognitive processing, information retention, learning, perception and rapid eye movement during sleep. Peanuts, which are actually legumes, but were still part of the study, produced the highest delta response, which is associated with healthy immunity, natural healing, and deep sleep.

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Nuts Are High In Antioxidants

While researchers found variances between the six nut varieties tested, all of them were high in essential antioxidants, with walnuts having the highest antioxidant concentrations of all.

The study included subjects who ate almonds, cashews, peanuts, p, cans, pistachios and walnuts. Electroencephalograms (EEGs) were taken to measure the strength of brainwave signals. EEG wave band activity was then recorded from nine regions of the scalp associated with cerebral cortical function.

"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," Berk said, adding that he expects future studies will reveal that they make other contributions to the brain and nervous system as well.

Conclusively, nuts benefit the body in significant ways -- by protecting the heart, preventing and fighting cancer, reducing inflammation, and by slowing aging, but very little research have shown how nuts positively affect the brain.

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I am glad to know this. I love pistachios.