Saturday, August 4, 2012

Carrots Can Help Prevent Dementia

In addition to maintain eye health, carrots may also help prevent dementia. A recent study suggests that eating carrots are very beneficial to keep our brain young.

Researchers from the University of Illinois found that eating carrots regularly can help delay the decline of cognitive ability, such as thinking, memory and logic.

The luteolin content in carrots are thought to be responsible for the health benefit. The compounds which also found in celery, olive oil, paprika, peppermint, and rosemary can reduces inflammation of the brain that causes memory problems related to aging.

"Previously we found that when aging, Microglia cells decreased and began producing excessive inflammatory cytokines. This contributes to cognitive aging and the cause of the development of neurodegenerative disease," said researcher Rodney Johnson, a professor from the university of Illinois.

"In the study tested on adults, luteolin intake has been shown to work in overcoming memory problems. In fact, the memory of adults mice improved when luteolin is given to them."