Adding Beets To One’s Diet May Help Lessen Age-Related Memory Loss
November 15, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Memory loss is a common symptom among individuals who suffer from dementia. Everyday tasks, including speaking, may become difficult. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that memory problems may also be caused by Alzheimer's disease and stroke.
However, a new study suggests that there are healthy, nutritional ways people could boost blood flow to their brain, which may help to protect against age-related memory loss disorders, such as dementia.
Researchers from Wake Forest University examined how beets, which are rich in nitrate, can have a positive affect on a person's brain. Previous studies have shown that the body can turn nitrate into nitrite. Gary Miller, the study's lead author, said that "one of the great things about nitrite is that it seems to head straight for the places that need more oxygen supplied by increased blood flow."
In their findings, the scientists discovered that beets help to open up blood vessels and improve blood flow to the brain.
The researchers indicated that individuals should maintain a healthy diet that also consists of fruits and vegetables. Foods that have high concentrations of nitrates include celery, cabbage, lettuce and spinach.