Beta-carotene and vitamin C may help prevent dementia
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors had earlier discovered that those with mild dementia have lower beta-carotene and vitamin C levels compared to healthy people. Mild dementia can lead to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
In one study, researchers measured diet and lifestyle factors in 74 people with AD, average age 79, and compared them to 158 healthy people.
Beta-carotene and vitamin C levels were significantly lower in those with AD compared to the healthy volunteers. The differences remained even after doctors adjusted for other factors such as education, alcohol and tobacco, and body mass index. Doctors hope to influence how AD develops by supplementing the diet with antioxidants.