Walnut Consumption lowers depression

The Latest research conducted in The University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) found that Consuming walnuts may lower the prevalence and frequency of depression, and improve concentration levels. During the research, they 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. According to 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. According to the findings, walnut consumers were more likely to have a greater interest in activities, higher energy levels, less hopelessness, better concentration, and greater optimism. Depression scores were significantly lower among those who consumed nuts, particularly walnuts, compared to those who did not consume nuts, even after controlling for age, sex, race, income, body mass index (BMI), smoking, alcohol consumption, and marital status.

On average, walnut consumers ate about 24 grammes of walnuts per day, equivalent to one-quarter cup serving. While the association between nut consumption and depression scores was consistent for men and women, the effect appeared to be strongest among women, who are more likely to report greater depressive symptoms and use of antidepressants, compared to men.When compared to other tree nuts, walnuts have a unique fatty acid profile — they contain mostly polyunsaturated fats, including a significant amount of the plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (2.5g/28 grammes), which is more than any other nut,