Three major reasons to choose this snack if you feel mentally exhausted
There are several general health benefits of eating almonds. Above all, it is a perfect brain food for four major reasons.
First, almonds are a rich source of polyphenols. These micronutrients can promote memory, learning and cognitive functions.1 Second, the skins of almonds provide a prebiotic effect, which play a direct role in brain chemistry balance.2 Third, almonds are a powerful source of vitamin E. Given that, they protect synaptic membranes form oxidation, thus they support neuroplasticity.3 Last, they contain a substantial amount of polyunsaturated fat, which is very important for proper brain function.4
Vitamin E and Memory
Beside being a well known skin care micronutrition, Vitamin E is also important for a sharp memory.
Scientists have noted a link between decreasing serum levels of vitamin E and poorer memory performance in older individuals. In addition, a 2013 trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, even found that high doses of vitamin E led to significantly slower decline in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.5
Eating almonds regularly can be an easy way to provide you with adequate and healthy level of Vitamin E. (Read my other post on another great source of Vitamin E)
Polyunsaturated Fat Qualification
It is important to know that polyunsaturated fat is easily oxidized. As a result, a couple of you might have been worrying a lot whether it means that they can only consume raw almonds, in case they want to enjoy the full nutritional benefits.
If you prefer roasted nuts, you can calm down. The fat in almonds remains relatively protected through the roasting process, a sign that the nuts also contain a high amount of antioxidants.6
Just be sure you choose “dry roasted nuts”, as “roasted” almost always mean they deep-fry it in poor quality vegetable oil. For instance, a good choice would be Kirkland Signature Dry Roasted Almond.
How to Add to My Diet
You can combine it with fruits and dark chocolate as a brain boosting snack. However due to their high fat an calorie content, you should stick to only a couple of almonds per day. A small amount can still provide you with all of the health benefits of almonds.
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