Blueberries, strawberries, apples and tea four times lower the risk of dementia

Bioflavonoids are compounds of many plants. Lots of studies have proven the positive effects of flavonoids on various aspects of health. Scientists at Tufts University's Center for Research on Aging (USA) have found that food rich in bioflavonoids helps to significantly reduce the risk of developing age-related dementia. 

The study, which lasted almost 20 years, was attended by more than 2800 people, their mean age was 59 years. Throughout the observation period, experts collected information on the participants' nutrition and conducted surveys to identify cognitive impairment and track the development of dementia. 

Dementia associated with Alzheimer's has developed in 193 people during the experiment. By analyzing the diet of the participants, the researchers identified three types of bioflavonoids, deficiency of which significantly increased the probability of dementia development. 

Lack of flavonols and flavonoid biopolymers (contained in apples, pears and tea) doubled the risk of dementia. Anthocyanin deficiency (contained in blueberries, strawberries and red wine) quadrupled the jeopardy of dementia. 

Scientists have also determined the amount of food that can provide the body with the right flavonoids. To reduce the risk of dementia, it was found that 7.5 cups of strawberries or blueberries, 8 apples and pears and 19 cups of tea should be consumed each month. Experts emphasize that in the absence of age-related dementia treatment, attention should be paid to methods of preventing cognitive impairment. Adjusting a diet that is effortless and low-cost is one effective way to solve this issue. 

May 13, 2020, 9:25 a.m.

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