Mental Health

New Study Reveals Apples, Berries And Tea Reduce Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease

Worried of developing Alzheimer’s disease when you get older? A new study reveals that including a lot of flavonoid-rich foods such as tea, apples and berries in your diet might just be what you need to help reduce the chances of it happening.

Flavonoid-Rich Foods: Key To Reducing Alzheimer’s Risk

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that’s considered as the most common form of dementia, causing a slow decline in memory, reasoning and thinking skills. Affecting a lot of elderly Americans, it affects us by causing our brain cells to waste away and die, disrupting a person’s ability to function independently.

Thankfully, a new research reveals one way of helping reduce the risk of it developing in our elderly years: by filling our diet now with flavonoid-rich foods such as apples, tea and berries.

The research was reportedly made by a team that hails from Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Massachusetts, which decided to conduct the study on 2,801 participants aged 50 and older. From there, the team studied the effects of flavonoids on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia over the course of more or less two decades.

Naturally found in plant-based foods, flavonoids are linked to a wide variety of health benefits, although previous diets that linked their effects at dementia only did so at a short period of time.

With the findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the long-term study showed that participants who had a lower intake of at least three types of flavonoids appeared to have a higher risk developing Alzheimer’s disease, especially when compared to those who had a higher intake.

Per the team, a high/moderate intake that people can follow is 19 cups of tea per month, eight apples and pears per month and 7.5 cups of berries per month.

“Our study gives us a picture of how diet over time might be related to a person’s cognitive decline. With no effective drugs currently available for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, preventing disease through a healthy diet is an important consideration,” Paul Jacques, senior author of the study, said.

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