Study Says, Oranges and Spinach Can Shield you from Dementia


Could a serving of oranges and spinach each day be the perfect recipe for a healthy brain? Thanks to certain antioxidants, perhaps so! Antioxidants help keep our cells healthy. Now, new research finds antioxidants may also help protect against dementia. Scientists report people with higher antioxidant levels may be less likely to ever develop a form of dementia.

More specifically, study participants with the highest recorded levels of three antioxidants (lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin) present in their blood were much less likely to develop dementia decades later than others with much lower levels of those antioxidants.

Wondering where to get some extra antioxidants for yourself? Lutein and zeaxanthin are both in leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli and peas. Meanwhile, beta-cryptoxanthin is present in fruits like tangerines, oranges, papaya, and persimmons.

“Extending people’s cognitive functioning is an important public health challenge,” says study author May A. Beydoun, PhD, MPH, of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, in a media release. “Antioxidants may help protect the brain from oxidative stress, which can cause cell damage. Further studies are needed to test whether adding these antioxidants can help protect the brain from dementia.”

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SOURCE: Brain Tomorrow, Chris Melore