Antioxidants May Lower Dementia Risk
Antioxidants are a type of compound found in vegetables and fruits. They help protect your cells from a certain type of damage. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help lower your risk of heart disease and other health problems. A new study found that certain antioxidants in these foods may also reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.
Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, harms your ability to remember, think, and make decisions. Studies have found several lifestyle factors that may help lower the risk of getting dementia. These include:
– Eating a healthy diet
– Being physically active
– Socializing with others
– Getting enough sleep
– Doing activities that challenge your brain
People with high level of antioxidants in their blood may be less likely to develop dementia. These included lutein and zeaxanthin, which are found in green, leafy vegetables. They also included beta-cryptoxanthin, which is found in some orange-colored fruits.
Some of the best foods for increasing your antioxidant intake include: leafy greens vegetables, nuts and berries.