The benefits provided by superfoods such as cacahuate are widely known, especially in relation to la mental health and proper brain function, effects that have even been supported by various scientific studies.
However, despite the existing evidence on this relationship between peanuts and mental health, scientists do not rest and are still putting their hands to work to continue discovering the benefits that this dried fruit in our brain, according to the journal “Clinical Nutrition” which has revealed the most recent of these studies.
What does the research consist of and what were its results?
The study has been applied in a healthy population with an age range between 18 and the 12 years, performing an analysis of the consumption journal of peanuts, thus revealing that such intake can benefit cognitive performance and improve the response of healthy and young people to stress.
Said investigation was led by Rosa M. Lamuela, number one researcher at CIBEROBN, at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences of the University of Barcelona, where members of the Hospital Clínic and of the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS).
The researcher points out that previous studies have generally focused on studying people with some health problem, such as obesity or with metabolic syndrome, since it is easier to observe improvements, however this research has focused on young and healthy people, which means a challenge to detect improvements.
The group of researchers who developed the study performed the analysis through various cognitive tests and analytical tests that are related to the biochemical indicators of the response produced against stress.
In the study it was also possible to observe an increase in short-chain fatty acids in the feces, as well as well as peanut-specific biomarkers, some polyphenols and long-chain fatty acids, all associated with a wide variety of health benefits.
In the conclusions of the investigation it is found that within the compounds that can help to obtain the benefits detailed by the researchers, there are bioactive compounds such as p-coumaric acid and resveratrol, also the long-chain saturated fatty acids from peanuts.
Similarly, no significant difference was found between intake of peanut or peanut butter , in relation to cognitive functions or the response to stress, as well as age, was not an influencing factor in the statistics.
All this reinforces what was already known about the benefits offered by the consumption of peanuts or peanuts, both at a cognitive level and for the general health of the body.