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  • Writer's pictureDr. Norm Dawson

Best Antioxidants to Prevent Age-Related Dementia Identified?

In a recent article from Medscape which is owned my WebMd, curating from a Neurology research publication stated that, “Higher levels of specific carotenoid antioxidants in blood may help guard against age-related dementia.”

In my previous articles and website, I emphasize the 12 modifiable risks to dementia/Alzheimer’s. Hearing loss is the highest of the 12. According to the Lancet Commission, there is a direct correlation to diet which includes nutrients, to help reduce inflammation. Oxidation is inflammation. Antioxidants are, as stated, “ANTI-OXIDANTS,” which help reduce oxidation of cells.

The authors of the Medscape article also state, “Investigators found that individuals with the highest serum levels of lutein+zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin at baseline were less likely to have dementia decades later than their peers with lower levels of these antioxidants.”

As noted, "Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli and peas. Beta-cryptoxanthin is found in fruits such as oranges, papaya, tangerines, and persimmons."

"Antioxidants may help protect the brain from oxidative stress, which can cause cell damage," first author May A. Beydoun, PhD, MPH, with the National Institute on Aging (NIA), said in a news release.

This is excellent data with conclusive results. However, the mention of the fruits and vegetables as a remedy is incomplete, in my opinion. They should have recommended the amount of fruits and vegetables needed to protect the brain from oxidative stress and if that amount and quality are not being consumed, recommend supplements. There is sufficient data to suggest that foods are inadequate to provide the micronutrition we need. Hence optimal, high grade supplementation manufactured in an FDA facility with synergistic ingredients may play a part in reducing cell damage to protect the brain. I am an affiliate with specific brands of nutritional supplements. If you’d like my recommendations, please contact me.

The Lancet Commission suggested that to reduce the risk of dementia/Alzheimer’s we must be “ambitious” with our self-care.

Don’t wait until you are 50+ to begin your journey to the end of your life, begin now!

For more information on other ideas to lessen your risks to poor health and to live a life of quality, contact me.


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