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Walnuts – A Crucial Factor against Alzheimer’s

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From Alzheimer’s News Today:

A recent study revealed the potential of a walnut-enriched diet to benefit brain-health. The animal study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and details how a diet including walnuts may have positive effects against Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the risk of contracting the disease, delaying the onset, and slowing the progression.

The research was led by Abha Chauhan, PhD, head of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) and the outcomes are that mice fed with a walnut-enriched diet had substantial improvement in memory, learning skills, motor development, and reduced anxiety.

The high antioxidant portion existent in walnuts (3.7 mmol/ounce) may act as a brain protective factor against the degeneration common in Alzheimer’s disease. Both oxidative stress and inflammation are prominent features in Alzheimer’s disease.

More than 5 million people in the US are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Senior nutrition

At Gramsly, we often hear from customers who want to send snacks to older loved ones with diminished appetites. Loss of appetite is a reality of getting older, and can be due to many factors. According to A Place for Mom, an astonishing 1 in 4 seniors suffer from poor nutrition:

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We take senior nutrition seriously, and we like to include healthy sweets like LARAbars in our senior care packages because they are nutritious and taste good to an older palate. Since they’re made with fruit and nuts only, LARAbars are sweet enough to stimulate an appetite, while also providing much needed vitamins, minerals, and fiber. These bars are a big hit, even among the “picky eaters.” (Please note that we’ve received no compensation from LARAbar, either for this post or for inclusion of their products in our care packages. We’re just big-time fans!)

We’re always on the lookout for new snacks that seniors like to eat. If you have a go-to snack for the senior in your life, please let us know in the comments or email info@gramsly.com.

Even in 1960, kids were expensive to raise.

The USDA estimates the cost of raising a child from birth through age 17. In 2012, the average cost was $241,080. Although that sounds like a lot of money (and it is a lot), what we found more shocking was that the cost hasn’t changed that much in the last fifty years. In 1960, the cost of raising a child was $195,690 in 2012 dollars!

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Thank your parents, because they spent a lot of money on you!