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In case you needed a reminder - eating nuts is good for your health. New research has found that it can contribute to the prevention of dementia. So how many nuts should I eat?



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Eating nuts from this age on can prevent dementia

In case you needed a reminder - eating nuts is good for your health.

New research has found that it can contribute to the prevention of dementia.

So how many nuts should I eat?

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Good for the brain.

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You already sit at home all day and snack, so at least eat the right things.

A large-scale study has found that eating nuts from age 40 onwards may help prevent dementia later in life.



Researchers from the National University of Singapore followed nearly 17,000 people between 1993 and 2016, first assessing their diet and later their cognitive function.

People who started eating nuts in their 40s twice a week or more were at less than one-fifth more likely to have memory problems when they were over the age of 60, compared to those who ate nuts less than once a month.



The study, published in the journal Age and Aging, also found that those who ate nuts once a week experienced almost the same benefit, as their risk was 19 percent lower for cognitive impairment in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

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This is not the first study linking nut consumption to sharper thinking later in life.

In 2019, a study conducted by nearly 5,000 over the age of 55 by the University of South Australia found that eating just two teaspoons of nuts a day improved cognitive function.

The researchers found that consuming nuts could improve people's thinking, memory and logic by up to 60 percent, compared to those who did not eat nuts.

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 36 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, most of them with Alzheimer's.

The figure is expected to double by 2030, if no effective treatment is found.

An estimated 130,000 Alzheimer's patients live in Israel.

Like other diseases, Alzheimer's begins years and even decades before the symptoms of the disease appear.

Therefore, understanding the factors to beware of and the actions we can take to reduce the risk of contracting the disease are crucial.

Tens of millions worldwide suffer from dementia.

Gif of the brain (Photo: Giphy)

To help reduce the risk of dementia, researchers recommend not smoking, keeping cholesterol and blood pressure healthy, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet and limiting alcohol consumption.

Heart health care can also reduce the risk of dementia, including eating a diet that includes sources of unsaturated fat such as oily fish, nuts, seeds and avocados.



The most common early symptoms of dementia start as memory loss, difficulty concentrating, difficulty performing familiar daily tasks, problems following a conversation or finding the right word, confusion about time and place and mood swings.

These symptoms usually start as mild and may gradually worsen over time.

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