Regular Consumption of Nuts and Olive Oil May Up Your Intelligence

Nutrients found in foods rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) are linked to general intelligence.

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Regular Consumption of Nuts and Olive Oil May Up Your Intelligence

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  1. Regular consumption of MUFAs may help up intelligence level
  2. MUFAs stand for monounsaturated fatty acids
  3. These are commonly found in olive oil, nuts and seeds
A team of researchers have found regular consumption of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) to help in enhancing intelligence levels. Researchers found that general intelligence was associated with the brain's dorsal attention network which plays a central role in attention-demanding tasks and everyday problem solving. It was found that MUFA consumption may influence the way and how efficiently the dorsal attention network in organised.

Experts also found that people with higher levels of MUFAs in their blood had greater small-world propensity in their dorsal attention network. The findings suggest a pathway by which MUFAs affect cognition, the researchers noted.

"Our findings provide novel evidence that MUFAs are related to a very specific brain network, the dorsal attention network, and how optimal this network is functionally organised," said lead author Aron Barbey, professor at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.

"This is important because if we want to develop nutritional interventions that are effective at enhancing cognitive performance, we need to understand the ways that these nutrients influence brain function," Barbey said.

"Our results suggest that if we want to understand the relationship between MUFAs and general intelligence, we need to take the dorsal attention network into account. It's part of the underlying mechanism that contributes to their relationship," Barbey added.

MUFAs are the good fats that the body require in moderation to stave off risks of developing ailments like heart diseases. Regular consumption of foods rich in monounsaturated fatty acids may also help keep a check on your cholesterol levels and maintain good cholesterol. MUFAs are essentially calorific, hence these must be consumed in moderation. Get in touch with your healthcare expert to learn more about MUFAs and how to source them in your daily diet.


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