Health & Spirit

How to become a real brainiac

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

The 2004 movie "Brainiac" is about the discovery of the ultimate feel-good drug, dubbed "Nirvana." Unfortunately, it ends up turning those who take it into brain-devouring monsters. Talk about changing brainwaves.

A new study shows that going [for] nuts also changes your brainwaves, but for the better. Seems nuts and peanuts (really a legume) strengthen brainwave frequencies that are associated with cognition, empathy, healing, learning, memory, recall and other important brain functions.

The study published in the FASEB Journal found that pistachios got the biggest response from your brain's gamma waves -- and that builds cognitive processing, information retention, learning, perception and rapid eye movement during sleep. Peanuts triggered the greatest delta-wave response; it's associated with healthy immunity, healing and deep sleep. Plus, all nuts are packed with flavonoids, potent polyphenols that are anti-inflammatory and help fight off cancers and heart disease. And, say the researchers, nuts' flavonoids support growth of new neurons and improve blood flow in the brain. Walnuts deliver the most.

In another new study, researchers followed more than 200,000 people for an average of 32 years and found that eating more nuts was tied to a lower risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. Walnuts came out on top again: Eating them two to three times a week was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of heart problems (Dr. Oz soaks them in water; Dr. Mike toasts them). Peanuts and other-than-walnuts tree nuts also ranked high on the heart-protection list.

Just think about it; all that heart health, and brains too!



Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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