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PECANS AS A BRAIN SUPERFOOD

Pecans are one of the most popular edible nuts native to North America and Mexico. The pecan tree is a large deciduous tree belonging to the hickory family. They are also available in several forms such as whole pecans, pecan halves, pieces, granules and meals.

Reasons to love pecans:

  1. Pecans contain copper, an essential mineral important to brain function. It activates enzymes responsible for metabolizing neurotransmitters and regulating their levels in your brain tissue.
  2. Zinc is present in pecans. It activates antioxidant enzymes that protect you from free radicals, which would otherwise damage your brain cells.
  3. Zinc also plays a role in brain cell function, helping to support learning and memory, according to a study published in “Neuron” in 2011.
  4. Pecans are rich source of Manganese. Manganese activates enzymes needed to regulate the levels of glutamate, a potential neurotoxin, in your brain.
  5. Too much glutamate over-excites and damages your brain cells. Manganese helps ensure that your glutamate levels don’t get too high.
  6. Eating just a handful of pecans a day can keep your brain functioning at a high level and reduce the risk of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and stroke.Pecans

NUTRITION FACTS ABOUT WALNUTS

Walnuts belong to the tree nut family. They originated in the Mediterranean region and Central Asia. Walnuts are most often eaten as a snack.

Reasons to eat walnuts:

  1. Walnuts contain biotin (vitamin B7) which helps in reduce hair fall and improve hair growth.
  2. Walnuts are rich in B-vitamins and antioxidants that prevents your skin from free radical damage and prevents wrinkles.
  3. Walnuts contain high level of omega-3 fatty acids which are very beneficial to the cardiovascular system.
  4. Walnuts have high amounts of antioxidants which keep your immune system healthy and prevent the onset of diseases.
  5. Walnuts contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate,melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants which support brain health.
  6. Walnuts contain fatty acids called alpha linolenic acid. This alpha linolenic acid and its compound make the bones stronger and healthy.

    Walnuts on white background
    Walnuts on white background