Higher Antioxidant Intake = Lower Risk of Dementia?
Over six million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. The number of cognitive disorder patients keeps increasing, so it’s imperative to find adequate treatment. Unfortunately, drug tests have had low success rates so far. So, what else can be done to reduce the risk of these neurodegenerative disorders?
Science found hope in lifestyle and dietary changes.
A recent study indicates that consuming foods rich in antioxidants may significantly reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study in question lasted for 16–17 years and observed over 7,000 US adults aged 45–90. It revealed that consuming higher levels of certain antioxidants may prevent or delay cell damage caused by oxidative stress. The antioxidants in question are vitamins A, C, and E and carotenoids like lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta beta-cryptoxanthin. This will, in turn, protect your brain and prevent you from developing some of the most common forms of dementia.
Fruit and vegetables are rich sources of the antioxidants mentioned above. For example, leafy greens (e.g., kale and spinach) are rich sources of lutein and zeaxanthin. On the other hand, papaya, apples, and berries can provide you with lots of beta-cryptoxanthin.
However, more research is needed to get more conclusive results and determine the amounts of antioxidants necessary to provide adequate brain cell protection. Still, giving a balanced, antioxidant-rich diet a try can’t hurt. As it turns out, consuming more fruit and vegetables doesn’t only keep your body fit but your brain too. So, dig into your salad and enjoy all the benefits!
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