🥑 Food For Thought 💭
Your Brain on Walnuts
The TL;DR ⌚️
('Too long, didn't read', for any of you too embarrassed to ask.)
Are you already dodging mini sausages and mince pies? You’re not alone.
When faced with cravings at holiday parties, many people stress about expanding waistlines. Don’t bother with that rubbish. You’re opportunistic. See the holidays as a chance to fatten your brain.
At your next festive gathering, locate the bowl of nuts and get cracking. Those decorative soldiers know what’s up. Walnuts are the life of the party.
Walnuts contain an impressive amount of essential fatty acids: alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega-6).
These healthy fats boost brain performance by maintaining plasticity and stabilizing nerve cell membranes. They’ll also help take the edge off remembering names and faces this holiday season. How perfect.
A different 80/20
At rest, your brain contributes to up to 20% of your metabolism. This rate kicks up fast when you’re hard at work, pouring over year-end reports or attempting small talk at your partner’s annual staff party.
A healthy brain needs proper fuel and a balanced portion of fatty acids is key.
So any nut will do?
Nuts and seeds are all terrific but walnuts score the most points among all tree nuts. They have the highest optimum ratio of omega-3s and omega-6s.
And this pair of fatty acids is an antioxidant dynamic duo, fighting free radicals and restoring balance to improve cognitive performance.
If you feel your mind and body lagging in the coming weeks, opt for walnuts. Stock them at home and at work. A fistful will boost your brain, maintain its overall health, and help you focus on your goals. Expand your mind, not your waistline.
For the nerdy 🤓: Brain Food Essentials: Walnuts