London: Want to stave off dementia? All you need to do is to eat walnuts everyday, according to a new study, led by an Indian-origin researcher.Dr Abha Chauhan and his colleagues at New York State Institute have carried out the study and found eating walnuts on a regular basis can keep one`s mental skills up.
The results represent a breakthrough in the study of how the brain decays. Other studies have shown the benefits of tea and coffee and exercise. A study by Harvard Medical School of 1,200 elderly people showed "moderate to heavy" exercise afforded a 40 percent lower risk of dementia. A second study suggested a regular cup of tea or coffee could stave off mental decline. Researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles, monitored 4,800 people aged over 65 and found that those who drank tea regularly were up to 37 percent lesslikely to suffer a reduction in mental ability. Prof Clive Ballard of the Alzheimer`s Society said: "Walnuts are high in antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. But as this study is carried out on mice, we can`t say for certainthe benefits of a walnut-rich diet for humans." PTI
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