A recent 8 week clinical study found that 1/2 cup of walnuts per day (containing 6.8mg of ALA) given to young adults significantly improved their critical thinking skills. Walnuts contain a number of nutrients that are important for our nervous system to function well. More specifically, walnuts are the only nuts that contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The researchers believe that ALA may be the nutrient that contributed to the observed increase in critical thinking. ALA helps to make DHA - an omega-3 fatty acid that is important for neural function and cognition.
To find out more about how naturopathic can therapies work to support the nervous system, contact your local Naturopathic Doctor.
Yours in health,
Dr. Tara Andresen ND