One of the hundreds of diseases that causing brain damage and degeneration, dementia is one of the most widespread disease that has affected millions since years. However, a study conducted over two decades is finally complete and has revealed that reducing the risks of developing dementia can be as simple as drinking orange juicea study conducted over two decades is finally complete and has revealed that reducing the risks of developing dementia can be as simple as drinking orange juice.
Dementia has been a mystery to the scientists since long and no significant drug or technique has yet been developed for its treatment till now. The early signs of dementia include loss of memory, not being able to navigate or follow instructions etc. It can also cause confusions, lapses of memory and in some cases, death as well. But a research may have finally found a prevention, if not cure – to reduce the risk of developing the mental disorders associated with dementia.
In last 20 years, the mental health of over 28,000 people were tracked to find out how their food habits affect the functioning of their brains. The average age of men when the data was first collected was 51 years and added up 20 years by the end of the research. To their surprise, the results suggested that the those who regularly consumed a small glass of orange juice, had 47 percent lesser chances of getting dementia and were less likely to develop poor cognitive skills than those who consumed less than one glass of orange juice in a month.
Changzheng Yuan, the study author and a research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said “this study adds to previous research that higher intake of vegetables and fruits in the long-term may play an important role in maintaining cognitive function”. These evidences can be considered solid and hence signify the importance of fruit and vegetable consumption in our lives. And as there is no real cure available to the disorder, it is good to take precautions to maintain our cognitive functions and lead a healthy life.