Spinach Is Effective to Prevent Senility
According to the Daily Mail, a study conducted at the University of Ulm, Germany, revealed a high content of antioxidants in spinach that are effective to fight the symptoms of dementia.
The study involved 74 participants with mild memory impairment and 158 healthy participants. Their age range was 65-90 years old. In addition to neuropsychological tests required to answer the questions about lifestyle, they also underwent blood tests and measurements of body mass index.
The study, led by Professor Gabriele Nagel, an epidemiologist and neurologist Christine von Arnim found concentrations of serum antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene that were significantly lower in participants with mild dementia group compared to healthy participants.
There are no difference in the other antioxidants levels such as vitamin E, lycopene, and coenzyme Q10. “Longitudinal studies with more participants are needed to confirm the results of the vitamin C and beta-carotene may prevent the development and onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.”
Dementia or Alzheimer’s have symptoms such as forgetfulness, lack of orientation, cognitive decline. It all happened due to changes in brain structure, including amyloid-beta plaques, degeneration and loss of synapses fibrillae. While oxidative stress, which inhibits the circulation of oxygen in the body, is also thought to contribute strongly to develop this memory impairment.
In addition to spinach, Nagel and Arnim who published their study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease also reveals similar benefits in other antioxidant-rich food such as carrots, apricots, and grapefruit.
In a recent study conducted by scientists, it was also known that consumption of junk food could cause dementia.