All nuts are exceptional brain foods (check out their unique health benefits here), but walnuts are the all-stars. They’re rich in several nutrients instrumental for brain health, like amino acids, a full spectrum of minerals, B vitamins, and vitamin E, which is said to help prevent cognitive decline, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. “Walnuts also offer a hefty dose of omega-3 fats along with especially potent anti-inflammatory- and antioxidant-rich plant compounds called polyphenols,” Kulze says. “The brain is uniquely vulnerable to damaging oxidation and inflammation,” she adds, so the protective micronutrients in these little guys are crucial to keeping you on your A-game.
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