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Adding Beets To One’s Diet May Help Lessen Age-Related Memory Loss

November 15, 2010 by  

Adding beets to one's diet may help improve age-related memory lossMemory 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.

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  • MtnMyst

    Nitrites and nitrates? If I remember correctly, the biggest “warnings” from “Big Med” about lunchmeats and bacon throughout the years was that they contained nitrites and nitrates! Am I missing something here? Think I’ll go make breakfast and improve my memory! Mmmmmmmm – BACON!

    • Granny Mae


      LOL ! I am with you ! I will say though that a lot of substances in their natural form rather than their chemical man made form seem to be used by the body in a much different way than their chemical counterparts ! Vitamins for one ! All natural vitamins are not the same in the body as chemical vitamins. It seems that natural food type vitamins are rarely if ever toxic to the body but chemical vitamins can very often cause over dose ! So I guess we should look at this report as this substance being in an all natural form and in a dose that is normal for food is beneficial to the body and not harmful ! Also how many times have we experienced the powers that be to change their mind about what is and isn’t harmful to us? For instance eggs and butter ! I eat eggs and butter everyday and I have no plack in my heart and arteries as seen by my latest heart cath. Imagine my surprise when that showed up. I guess the doctors don’t know everything as we thought they did !!! LOL !

      • Richard Pawley

        I’ll bet those eggs are from chickens that run around and eat normal chicken food, and the butter is made from cream that comes from cows that don’t have artificial bovine hormones fed to them, natural if not organic. That makes as big a difference as the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins.

        • Granny Mae


          As for the chickens the answer is yes but the butter I’m afraid is from the grocery store ! I don’t have any cows or goats or sheep. However the butter is a lot better than using that plastic butter called margarine ! I do what I can but some things I can’t do ! I wish I know if the butter came from free cattle but I’m not. But I do know what my chickens eat and they eat good on bugs and worms and what ever they can dig up and boy do they dig up !

    • Richard Pawley

      As most on this site know, genetically engineered foods are not the same as natural or heirloom varieties, in many ways. My point is to say that if you choose to eat more beets be sure that they are not GE or GMO. Also make sure that if you eat sugar that it is cane sugar because most sugar beets are now genetically modified as well.

      • peta

        Good to see you pointing out the Gm aspect – What was a beet may not be the beet we thought it was!

  • coal miner
  • http://com i41

    Just more book trained overeducated morons spouting real crap. I can remember when you were supposed to eat, only the whites of eggs, until mega chicken producer Tyson took over all chicken production. When the pork became controlled by Smithfeild, porj became the new vogue other white meat. Wait till beef gets controlled by any of the 4 slaughter houses and their feedlots. Beef will be just the wonder food. Welcome to the smallest cow herd since 1952, and all the restrictions on public land grazing, the feely meely idoits would rather see grasses burn up or go tyo waste. aA more private land gets idled by paying land owners to idle several million more acres with taxpayers paying billion more in welfare. Beets and other root crops are great ways to break heavy soils compaction and helps with water retention. Just think when you read the none stop health findings, who paid for the studies and how it fits in to the master government plan. The first Sec of Ag was a avowed communist, who thought private farming and ownership should stop and followed the collective methods of Russia and the communes. Omoron doesn’t like private ownership of land or letting people have control of their lives, it is all government control!

    • coal miner


      You said a mouth full.I agree.


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