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Eating Lemon and Grapefruit Can Save You From Dementia

Study conducted at University of Japan has examined the relation between citrus consumption and rates of dementia and found promising results

Eating Lemon and Grapefruit Can Save You From Dementia

13,000 older adults were examined to understand the impact of citrus fruits on dementia patients

While the advantages of consuming citrus fruits on a daily basis to improve your eyes and skin are well documented, a new study has revealed that older adults who consume orange and grapefruit every day face a lower risk of dementia by 23%. The research came out in line with the earlier findings which studied a chemical called nobileti (found in citrus fruits) and revealed that the chemical helped in slowing down or reversing the memory loss process in animals.

Researchers from Tohuku University in Japan have found that daily intake of any citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons can cut the chances of acquiring incurable brain condition by almost a quarter. The nutrient content in citrus fruits activates the brain cells and therefore helps in rejuvenating brain cells, thereby preventing many cognitive disorders.

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The research suggested that citric acid contains a chemical nobiletin which reverses memory impairment and works amazingly well with older adults. The team examined more than 13,000 older adults for up to seven years to see how many developed dementia.

The number of patients who acquired dementia at a later stage of their lives agreed to have taken citrus fruits in less amount. On the other hand, the rates of dementia among those eating citrus fruits at least once a day were significantly lower than in volunteers having them less than twice a week.

Quantitative analysis on the relationship between consumption of citrus fruits and dementia rates indicated that the rates of dementia among those eating citrus fruit at least once a day were 23% lower than in those who ate them less than twice a week.

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"Some biological studies have indicated citrus may have preventive effects against cognitive impairment," the researchers stated. "But no study has examined the relation between citrus consumption and rates of dementia. Our findings suggest frequent consumption in linked with a lower risk of dementia," they concluded.


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(With inputs from ANI)



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