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Walnut Consumers May Have Lower Depression Scores

Friday, February 15, 2019  
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esearchers found a consistent association between eating nuts, particularly walnuts, and fewer and less frequent depressive symptoms in a representative sample of the U.S. population over a 10-year period.

“We began research on tree nuts and cognition a number of years ago and found beneficial associations showing slowing in cognitive decline, particularly in women that consumed more walnuts,” Lenore Arab, PhD, professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, told Healio Psychiatry. “To expand our understanding of the ‘brain-walnut connections’ — knowing that the research on the mind-gut connection is blossoming, and that walnuts have an unusual pattern of fatty acids, fiber and polyphenols that do affect the microbiome — we studied depression among a representative sample of Americans.”

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