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Melbourne: Eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day can improve thinking, reasoning and memory and keep age disorders at bay, a study found. The study conducted by researchers at the University of South Australia was conducted on 4,822 Chinese adults over the age of 55.
The study is the first to report an association between cognition and nut intake in older Chinese adults, providing important information on mental health problems, including dementia, faced by an aging population.
"The aging of the population is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century: not only do people live longer, but with the advancement of their age, they require additional health support that is exerting unprecedented pressure on aged care services, "said Ming Li, chief researcher at the University of South Australia.
"By eating more than 10 grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts a day, older people could improve their cognitive function by up to 60% compared to those who don't eat nuts – effectively averting what would normally be experienced as a natural-year cognitive decline, "said Li.
The World Health Organization states that by 2020 the number of people aged 60 and over will exceed the number of children under the age of five.
The study analyzed nine waves of data collected by China Health Nutrition Survey in 22 years, noting that 17% of the participants were regular consumers of peanuts (mainly peanuts).
Li said that peanuts have specific anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can alleviate and reduce cognitive decline.
"Dice are known to have a high fat, protein and healthy fiber content with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health," Li said.
The World Health Organization estimates that globally the number of people with dementia is 47 million. By 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 75 million and by 2050 cases of global dementia have almost tripled. China has the largest population of people with dementia.
"When people get older, they naturally experience changes to conceptual reasoning, memory and processing speed, all of which are part of the normal aging process," said Li.