Studies have shown links between regularly consuming nuts, like pecans, and improved cognitive performance. Pecans and other certain nuts contain nutrients that support cell durability, bone health, immunity, and cognitive function.

It’s important to remember when all the systems of the human body are operating properly, brain functionality is guarded and strengthened. The brain is a muscle made up of fatty tissues with neural pathways that require continuous protection. These safeguards come in the form of essential vitamins and minerals that we get from regularly eating healthy foods like pecans and other nuts.

Pecans, other nuts, and plant-based options are prime examples of natural foods that support our overall health. The list below is a short outline of what nutrients are involved in promoting strong brain function.


Pecans are rich in minerals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. Copper is a vital micronutrient needed for proper metabolic operations throughout the body. This includes metabolizing energy required for brain functionality. Magnesium plays a role in overall muscle and cognitive function. This includes brain plasticity, a term that refers to the cognitive ability to adapt as needed which includes changing or re-wiring neural connections.

Manganese aids the body in metabolizing essential vitamins, such as vitamin E, C, and complex-B vitamins which are integral to brain activity. Without manganese in your diet, the body can struggle to process other nutrients. According to studies conducted at Duke University Medical Center, zinc plays an essential role in communications between nerve cells within the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a small part of the brain directly involved in memory, learning, and emotions.


The brain is considered one of the fattest organs in the human body, with more than half of it being made of lipids. The brain needs cholesterol to function properly and contains over twenty percent of the body’s cholesterol at any given time. There is a difference between bad (LDL) cholesterol and good (HDL) cholesterol. Higher levels of LDL cholesterol can lead to strokes or heart disease. Lowering the bad lipids while increasing the good fatty acids will improve your brain function, cardiovascular health, so much more. Luckily, pecans are a rich source of oleic acid, an Omega-9 monounsaturated fat that is known to help lower LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol.

The brain is also a lively muscle that requires the constant firing of neurotransmitters. Neurons are vital to our cognitive ability to learn and retain what we have learned. A healthy neural environment, also known as brain synapses, improves memory capacity. However, neurons cannot get their job done without having a durable cell membrane. This membrane should have just the right amount of viscosity and fluidity. The cell membrane is made up of cholesterol and a lack of it can result in membrane fluidity deterioration. This could negatively affect cognitive function, impacting your memory, your emotional state, and your ability to learn.


Pecans contain antioxidants which help protect our cells and tissue from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can trigger a plethora of ailments and illnesses. One of the best ways to protect your cells is by supporting your immune system. Introducing more foods rich in antioxidants is a perfect way to do this. Pecans contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect fatty acids in the body from oxidative stressors. As we know, neurons need those important lipids to stay in motion. Vitamin E can fight off the free radicals that tend to damage cholesterol-rich neurons. This adds an extra level of protection to healthy brain activity.

A lack of sufficient vitamin E can result in oxidative stress throughout the body. Muscle weakness can be one symptom of insufficient vitamins and minerals. The brain is a muscle and if you don’t consume enough vitamin E and complex-B vitamins, it becomes vulnerable to stress. This could result in decreased cognitive aptitude, memory issues, and mood swings.

Pecans are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals that have been shown to support and improve brain function. Just a handful of pecans a day can enhance your body’s ability to metabolize nutrients necessary for thought recall, balanced emotions, and the brain’s capacity for taking in new information.

Western Production Facility SQF Audit 2023

Food safety is a large part of ensuring that our line of value-added products is not only delicious but also clean and safe for every customer.

We proudly announce that our brand new Western Production Facility got an EXCELLENT score in this year SQF Audit, a demonstration to the standards we maintain (and strive to supersede) as we work.

This year we face the challenges that come with a new facility, but thanks to our amazing team members and employees, we never compromise the safety and quality of our products. A big shout-out to Humberto Reyes, Plant Manager and to Ismael Garcia, QC Manager, for their amazing leadership during this process; and to our Food Safety Team members and to all the employees, a big thanks for always following guidelines and food safety procedures. You made this possible!

SQF stands for Safe Quality Food and is a third-party food safety certification and quality program with a strict set of guidelines businesses must follow. The audit reviews whether or not you are keeping the standards for a safe food environment. It also tracks whether or not a business is keeping proper documentation for all of its processes and products. Finally, it gives each organization an opportunity to validate that their systems are achieving their goals and producing safe foods.

At South Georgia everything we do from the orchard through shelling, packing and shipping is centered around delivering the best fresh pecans in the industry.

Pecan shipments up this year

Demand for pecans is skyrocketing, according to pecan growers and the American Pecan Council (APC), which have seen a 30,969,450 pound increase in shipments over the past year. The growing demand is being caused by a variety of elements, including the health benefits of pecans, their versatility in use, the growing popularity as a star ingredient in dishes and as a delicious snack.

In the coming years, the demand for pecans is expected to increase further.

Protein, fiber, and vitamins A and E are all present in pecans in good amounts. They also include plenty of antioxidants, which can help shield the body from the harm caused by free radicals. Fresh, roasted, or processed into flour, pecans can be consumed in many ways.

Southeastern Reduction Company SQF Audit

We like to give a big shout-out to our team at the Southeastern Reduction Company for their amazing job on their successful Safe Quality Food (SQF) Audit. Gregory Brunson, Plant Manager, presented an appreciation plaque to our SQF Practitioner Jenn Wertz for making this certification happen.

The Southeastern Reduction Company is a South Georgia Pecan division that process the unique fiber surrounding the pecan meats and shell.

Congratulations team!