Study suggests, walnuts may lower depression risk

Feb 11 2019 10:15 PM
Study suggests, walnuts may lower depression risk

walnuts is one of the most beneficial dry fruits as it delivers many health benefits to us. Now, according to a study consuming walnuts may reduce the prevalence and frequency of depression, and improve concentration levels.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCL) claims that they have found that depression scores were 26 per cent lower for walnut consumers and eight per cent lower for consumers of other nuts, compared to those who did not eat nuts at all. The study, published in the journal Nutrients, found that walnut consumption was more closely associated with higher energy levels and better concentration, compared to other nuts.

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lead investigator Lenore Arab, from UCLA  said that as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every six adults will have depression at some time in their life. It is important to find low-cost interventions, such as dietary changes, that are easy to implement and may help reduce the incidence of depression. Arab further said that Walnuts have previously been investigated for their role in cardiovascular and cognitive health, and now we see an association with depression symptoms -- providing another reason to include them in a healthy eating plan.

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As per the findings, walnut consumers were more likely to have a greater interest in activities, higher energy levels, less hopelessness, better concentration, and greater optimism.


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