Repel dementia with this triple antioxidant combo

According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, someone develops dementia every three seconds.

That means that in less than the time it took you to read that sentence, another person became a dementia victim.

Luckily, while the number of people with dementia is increasing rapidly (doubling every 20 years), science is also offering us ways to guard against the disease that steals our memories.

In fact, research published by the American Academy of Neurology a triple antioxidant combo that could protect your brain from damage to keep it sharp and dementia at bay.

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Eat your fruits and veggies

The antioxidants are lutein and zeaxanthin, which are found in green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli and peas. And the combo is rounded out by beta-cryptoxanthin that you can get in fruits such as oranges, papaya, tangerines and persimmons.

Now you should recognize these nutrients for supporting vision and the health of your eyes. So, just what can they do for your brain?

Well, let’s take a look at the research…

The study involved 7,283 people who were at least 45 years old at the beginning of the study. Each participant had their blood drawn at the beginning of the study to analyze their levels of three key antioxidants. Then, the researchers followed them for an average of 16 years to see who developed dementia and who appointed cognitive issues.

And the people with the highest antioxidant levels were the clear winners!

The results showed that:

  • People with the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin were less likely to develop dementia decades later than people with lower levels of the antioxidants. (Every standard deviation increase in lutein and zeaxanthin levels, approximately 15.4 micromols/liter, was associated with a 7 percent decrease in risk of dementia).
  • For beta-cryptoxanthin, every standard deviation increase in levels, approximately 8.6 micromols/liter, was associated with a 14 percent reduced risk of dementia.

When asked about these impressive results, study author May A. Beydoun, PhD, MPH, of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging, had this to say:

“Extending people’s cognitive functioning is an important public health challenge. Antioxidants may help protect the brain from oxidative stress, which can cause cell damage.”

Your mother was on the right track when she told you to always eat your fruits and vegetables.

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Research-backed dementia protection

Of course, there are a few things you should know about getting the most from these antioxidants before you get started.

The most important thing is to eat your fruits and veggies fresh and raw as often as possible.

That’s because researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have found that levels of antioxidants, lutein, take a sharp dive when they’re heated.

Additionally, you’ll want to keep track of how many fruits and vegetables you get in your everyday diet. The nutrition experts at Harvard say you should squeeze in five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

If you don’t regularly enjoy antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, it’s often best to take a supplement that delivers the levels you need to keep your brain at its healthiest.

Finally, beyond lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin there are other natural ways to guard your brain and repel dementia.

These include:

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Sources:

Higher antioxidant levels linked to lower dementia risk – ScienceDaily

Dementia Statistics – Alzheimer’s Disease International

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.