Top Foods to Keep Your Mind Young

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Posted on 21st November 2009 by admin in Health Alerts

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Diets rich in strawberries, other berries, nuts, and certain spices may lower age-related cognitive declines and the risk of neurodegenerative disease, according to James Joseph, Ph.D., of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.

Aging often results in mental decline — and the world’s aging population is large and growing. There are currently 390 million people over the age of 65 around the world with an expected increase to 800 million by 2025. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, dementia affects one in 20 people over the age of 65. Some 24 million people worldwide are currently thought to experience some form of dementia.

“With the rising cost of healthcare and drugs, patients are increasingly turning to preventive lifestyle actions over which they have some control, such as exercise and diet,” said Dr. Joseph. “Emerging science continues to point to natural foods as sources of beneficial nutrients that can have some positive impact on cognitive function.”

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