Your Brain On Almonds...

December 12, 2019

Written by

Lucas Aoun

Founder @ Ergogenic Health


Acetylcholine is one of the most well researched neurotransmitters in the human brain. It is responsible for memory, focus, alertness, arousal and so much more (Picciotto et al., 2012). Almonds work through up-regulating acetylcholine. ⁣

Dietary nutrients may play a vital role in protecting the brain from age-related memory dysfunction and neurodegenerative diseases. Tree nuts including almonds, have potential to combat age-associated brain dysfunction. These nuts are an important source of essential nutrients, such as tocopherol, folate, mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and polyphenols (Batool et al., 2016). Almonds have also been shown to increase the activity of Glutathione in humans (de Souza et al., 2019). ⁣

One study conducted in rats, demonstrated a positive correlation between acetylcholine and acetylcholinesterase activity in both hippocampus and frontal cortex. Moreover, the acetylcholine content of hippocampus and frontal cortex in the almond-treated rats was also positively correlated with memory retention, again demonstrating the role of acetylcholine in the memory enhancing effects of long term almond administration (Batool et al., 2016). ⁣

Almonds represent a healthy snack that may support brain function in humans. Soaked almonds appear more beneficial for digestion and nutrient composition. ⁣

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