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Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found regular yoga and meditation practice may be helpful in treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. MRI scans of study participants who practiced yoga two hours a week for eight weeks showed improved brain function.

Want to prolong your life with just one tasty habit?

Munch on a handful of nuts every day. A 30-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that regular nut consumption reduces the risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, or any chronic illness, for that matter.

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Researchers tracked 119,000 men and women and found that those who ate 1.5 ounces of nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause during the study period than non-nut eaters. Even those who consumed nuts once a week experienced a modest benefit. All types of nuts were included — peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pistachios — but there was no mention in the study of whether the nuts were salted, roasted, or raw.

Researchers aren’t exactly sure why nuts contribute to longevity, but they do know they’re rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

Need another reason to go nuts? Those who noshed stayed slimmer. And previous studies have shown that people who eat nuts have a reduced risk of cholesterol and Type II diabetes.

Kind of puts the term “health nut” in a new light.