According to a newly released study by the British Journal of Nutrition, fruits may be the brain booster we have all ignored. People who eat citrus fruit frequently are less likely to get dementia according to the study. Dementia can be defined as symptoms which can include memory loss, difficulty problem solving, thinking and can lead to behavioral changes such as a change in temperament or mood. Dementia has various forms such as vascular dementia, mixed dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. A patient needs to show a combination of symptoms in order to be diagnosed as having dementia. While Dementia has no set symptoms, the following list has some of the most common symptoms:
- Subtle short-term memory changes – this will be noticeable when the patient starts forgetting things he/she was talking about. The patient might also start misplacing objects.
- Difficulty finding the right words - A person with dementia will have difficulty expressing themselves.
- Changes in mood – sudden mood changes will be accompanied by a shift in personality people are used to
- Apathy - A person with dementia could lose interest in hobbies or activities they regularly enjoy.
- A subtle shift in the ability to complete normal tasks may indicate that someone has early dementia.
- Someone in the early stages of dementia may often become confused as the disease attacks a person’s memory blocks.
- Difficulty following plots of movies or stories
- A very common symptom people with dementia experience is that sometimes they forget what some simple words mean.
- being repetitive
- Struggling to adapt or comprehend change
The report stated that in the study of 13,000 elderly Japanese adults, the researchers discovered that those who reported eating citrus fruit almost every day were 23 percent less likely to develop dementia. This rate was way better than those who consumed the fruits two or fewer times a week. Even after the researchers accounted for potentially-skewing factors, like consumption of vegetables and other fruits, as well as chronic health conditions of the participants, the relationship between citrus fruit consumption and dementia didn’t change significantly. This made researchers from Tohoku University in Japan to conduct a study of their own. Their results stated that an intake of citrus fruit such as oranges and grapefruits, lemons and limes could reduce the risk of getting dementia by 34%. Published biological reports have also claimed that citrus fruits have preventive effects against cognitive impairment
So, there may be something in the citrus fruits that are protecting your brain from deteriorating. In the area where the study was conducted, mandarin oranges were the most commonly-eaten fruit. The tissue and juice of these fruits contain some specific flavonoids, which are believed to protect the neurons in your brain through their anti-inflammatory properties. Still, the researchers believe further research is necessary for other populations and settings to confirm the findings. But in the meantime, there's not much downside to upping your fruit intake. A previous study found the more fruit you eat, the lower your diabetes risk.
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