A study published in 2014 in the “Journal of Alzheimer‘s Disease” found that a walnut-enriched diet has positive effects on memory and motor development. Learn more about the study and the effects of walnuts on overall health.
It was completed by the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities and found that mice who were fed a walnut-enriched diet had improved memory and motor development as well as a significant reduction in anxiety.
The scientists gave mice what would be the human equivalent of 1/4 cup of walnuts every day. Researchers then tested the mice to experiments and mazes that tested their coordination, psychomotor skills and learning ability. The mice that were fed a walnut-enriched diet performed significantly better than the mice who were not.
Lead researcher Abha Chauhan said that the most recent study follows up on a previous study that concluded that walnut extract could protect the brain from the beta amyloid protein, a protein that often appears in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s.