Submitted to: Nutrition and Aging
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/27/2012
Publication Date: 5/29/2012
Citation: Carey, A.N., Poulose, S.M., Shukitt Hale, B. 2012. The beneficial effects of tree nuts on the aging brain. Nutrition and Aging. 1:55-67.
Technical Abstract: Dietary patterns may play an important role in protecting the brain from the cellular and cognitive dysfunction associated with the aging process and neurodegenerative diseases. Tree nuts are showing promise as possible dietary interventions for age-related brain dysfunction. Tree nuts are an important source of nutrients for humans and also contain a variety of components, such as phytochemicals and polyunsaturated fatty acids that have the potential to combat age-related brain dysfunction. Evidence is accumulating that suggests that these bioactive constituents have the potential to reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, and cognitive decline associated with aging. Here we review the current knowledge of how the consumption of nuts may improve brain health, specifically focusing on walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and pecans.