A recent study has found that eating and drinking flavonoids, such as tea, berries and dark chocolate, can help ward off dementia.
The study says that the elderly who consume only a small amount of these foods increase their risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other related conditions, by two to four times over 20 years.
In contrast, eating more flavonoids, including tea, citrus fruits, citrus juices, berries, red wine, apples, legumes and dark chocolate, provides more protection.
Flavonoids are substances found in plants, including fruits and vegetables such as pears, apples, berries and onions, as well as vegetable drinks such as tea and wine. It is associated with various health benefits, including reduced inflammation.
The researchers looked at about 2,800 people aged 50 years and over to determine whether there was a long-term relationship between eating foods containing flavonoids and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease over 20 years.
The researchers found that low consumption of flavonoids (a class of flavonoids) such as apples, pears, and tea was associated with a double risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
While eating anthocins (also belonging to the group of flavonoids) such as berries and strawberries was associated with a quadruple decrease in the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Lead author Paul Jack said: “Our study gives us a picture of how diet over time correlates with a person’s cognitive decline, as we were able to look at flavonoid intake over many years before diagnosing dementia in participants.”
“With no effective drugs currently available to treat Alzheimer’s disease, prevention of the disease through a healthy diet is an important consideration,” said Jack, an epidemiologist from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in the United States.
Jack also said that at the age of fifty, the approximate age of study participants when data was first analyzed, it is not too late to make changes in the diet for the better.
Source: Daily Mail