Pickled Capers (or Kabra) May Help Promote Brain And Heart Health – Experts Reveal

If you are a fan of Mediterranean or Italian cuisine, then pickled capers must not be new to you! Also called kabra in Hindi and kabur in Marathi, caper is an edible flower bud from Capparius spinosa plant. What makes this seed special is its rich aroma and intense flavour, which is often associated with the flavour of black pepper or mustard seeds! Pickled capers are mainly used for garnishing or seasoning purposes in various dishes including salads and pizzas. Alongside their flavoursome culinary usages, pickled caper buds are a good source of sodium, vitamin K, iron, antioxidants etc. They are also known to have several health benefits including boosting liver health.

Adding a feather to the cap, a recent study has found that eating pickled capers may also help to boost brain and heart health. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Communications Biology’.

A research team from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, found that a compound named quercetin can have the ability to directly regulate proteins required for different human brain and heart activities. This compound is commonly found in pickled capers. The researchers further stated that this compound may also lead to future therapies for treating epilepsy and abnormal heart rhythms.

It was found that quercetin can have positive effect on human health and different health-related issues like diabetes, cardiac arrhythmia and epilepsy.

As per a report in UCI School Of Medicine, “Capers have traditionally been used as folk medicine for hundreds if not thousands of years and are in current use for their potential anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties, and their possible circulatory and gastrointestinal benefits.”

Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts And Legumes May Aid Cognitive Health – Study Reveals

Healthy diet has always been linked to healthy lifestyle by several experts around the world. Adding to this, a new study has found that higher intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes are linked to better brain (cognitive) health. Published in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging, the research stated that individuals who consumed these healthy foods scored higher in the tests of verbal fluency – an important characteristic of cognitive functions. For the uninitiated, cognitive functions or cognitive skills are the brain-based skills that help us to think, learn and remember different things.

The study on verbal fluency was conducted on a large sample of English-speaking Canadians, aged between 45 and 85 years. They were asked to list as many words as they could from a given category in a minute. As per an ANI report, this test measures a person’s language and executive function and can be used to detect cognitive impairment.

It was found that people with insufficient nutrition had lower verbal fluency; whereas people who consumed good amount of fruits and vegetables had higher verbal fluency scores.

“These findings are consistent with other research that has found a Mediterranean diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes is protective against cognitive decline,” reported co-author Dr. Karen Davison, a nutrition informatics research program director at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, in British Columbia and a North American Primary Care Research Fellow.

“Every increase in average daily fruit and vegetable intake was linked to higher verbal fluency scores, but the best outcomes were found among those who consumed at least 6 servings a day,” Davison added.

Co-author of the study Zahraa Saab, a recent Masters of Public Health graduate of the University of Toronto, further stated that an earlier research found a link between under-nutrition and cognitive decline.

Hence, the study suggested that a better policy and health care practice may help to reduce nutrition risk, improve diet quality and the associated factors among middle aged and senior citizens. This further may help in improving their cognitive health as they age.