This stress, which comes from the body’s oxygen process, leads to the creation of free radicals, which can then damage cells. Antioxidants fight against this and may, in this case, protect against cognitive decline.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 18, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study out of Germany that found that two antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene, may protect against dementia.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/mental-health-articles/alzheimers/two-nutrients-that-could-help-prevent-dementia), the new study found that levels of vitamin C and beta-carotene are significantly lower in patients with mild dementia. Thus, they figured, the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia marked by memory deficit, lack of orientation, and steady cognitive decline, may be slowed through diet or through supplements. They tested the theory on 74 patients and 158 healthy controls.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Two Nutrients That Could Help prevent Dementia,” reports that oxidative stress is believed to promote the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This stress, which comes from the body’s oxygen process, leads to the creation of free radicals, which can then damage cells. Antioxidants fight against this and may, in this case, protect against cognitive decline.
The participants were between 65 and 90 years of age. They underwent neuropsychological testing, answered lifestyle-related questions, and had their blood and body mass index examined. In this group, the study found that vitamin C and beta-carotene levels in the blood were far lower in the 74 Alzheimer’s disease patients. There was no such difference in three other antioxidants they were measuring: vitamin E, lycopene, and coenzyme Q10.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the researchers noted that food preparation and storage, as well as life stress, may have influenced the findings somewhat. So, as is usual, better and longer studies are needed to confirm the results.
(SOURCE: Feng-Jiao, L., et al., “Dietary Intakes of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and B-Carotene, and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Meta-Analysis,” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Aug. 2012: 253–258.)
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