“People with higher levels of antioxidants in their blood may be less likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in the May 4, 2022, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
With more than 55 million people worldwide now living with dementia, and nearly 10 million new cases occurring every year, finding effective and safe ways to maintain brain health is becoming an increasingly challenging global health problem. Currently approved pharmaceutical drugs for dementia neither cure nor halt cognitive decline; at best they simply delay the worsening cognitive impairment.
Taking a different approach, a recent review examined the effects of 21 different nutrients and phytonutrients on cognitive function. The nutrients and phytonutrients analyzed include alpha-lipoic acid; B vitamins; cholinergic precursors such as choline, lecithin, and phosphatidylserine; vitamin D; vitamin E; N-acetyl cysteine; omega-3 fatty acids; rosemary; saffron; curcumin; zinc; and others.
Promisingly, the researchers found noteworthy benefits to memory, attention, intelligence, vocabulary, creative thinking, reaction time, comprehension, learning, and other critical measures of cognition. Based on these findings, they advise that healthy adults and patients exhibiting cognitive defects would be best served to consider multiple nutrients and phytonutrients to improve aspects of their cognitive function.
To learn more about the beneficial effects of nutrition for improving cognitive function and dementia, see this article on our website.