Dementia symptoms: This 59p root vegetable could lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia symptoms include memory loss, difficulty concentrating and mood changes.

While one in every 14 people over 65 will develop a neurodegenerative condition, your risk could be lowered by eating foods high in folate, according to medical website Healthline.

Folate helps to lower the amount of homocysteine in the body - an amino acid that naturally circulates in the blood.

Too much homocysteine increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and cognitive impairment, studies have claimed.

“Homocysteine is an amino acid that’s a building block of protein,” said Healthline.

“Foods high in folate [folic acid] and other B vitamins [such as B-6 and B-12] have been shown to lower homocysteine levels.

“Some good food sources of folate include romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, collard greens and lentils.”

Beetroot is also rich in folate, the medical website said. The root vegetable has risen to superfood status over the last decade or so, it added.

But, more research is needed to confirm the link between beetroot consumption and dementia, it said.

There is no known way to completely prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but you could delay the condition by making a few lifestyle changes.

Exercising for about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week could lower your dementia risk, the NHS said.

Drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, quit smoking, and eat a healthy balanced diet to cut your chances of a brain condition.

Dementia is the name given to a collection of symptoms that come as a result of damage to the brain.

Early signs of dementia include mood changes, confusion, difficulty following everyday tasks, and struggling to follow a conversation.

You should see a GP if you, or someone you know, are experiencing problems that are affecting daily life, the NHS advised.

Early diagnosis of dementia can give you access to treatments that can improve symptoms, and slow the disease’s progression down.



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