Taiwan study: Eating more vegetables and fruits can help slow down memory degradation
According to Taiwan's Central News Agency, a Taiwanese study shows that individuals who consume fruits and vegetables more than 5 times a week have a 23% decrease in cognitive decline rate after 4 years. A normal lifestyle can help prevent memory decline. Professor Cai Zhonghong from the Department of Health Industry Management at Asian University analyzed the long-term follow-up survey on the physical, mental, and social living conditions of middle-aged and elderly people in Taiwan to explore the correlation between vegetable and fruit intake frequency and cognitive function degradation.
Cai Zhonghong said that this long-term follow-up is based on the international cognitive function measurement scale SPMSQ, which includes basic cognitive questions such as date, age, and surname. The questionnaire was conducted in 1999 and 2003 for the same group of people, and also analyzed 4440 individuals aged 53 and above for long-term cognitive function tracking based on lifestyle habits and dietary behavior.
Cai Zhonghong said that there are many studies abroad that show the correlation between fruit and vegetable intake and cognitive degradation, but there are few relevant studies in China, and the eating habits are different from those in the West. Therefore, through this long-term follow-up study, we analyzed the risk between fruit and vegetable intake frequency and Dementia.
He said that people who consume more than 5 times a week of vegetables and fruits have a reduced risk of cognitive decline by 23% after tracking for 4 years. However, Cai Zhonghong suggests consuming more dark leafy vegetables or a large variety of vegetables, while fruits should have a lower intake proportion due to their high sugar content.
Cai Zhonghong said that research shows that people who consume dairy products more than three times a week have a 17% lower risk of cognitive degradation than people who consume dairy products less than two times a week. The reason is that dairy products contain Vitamin B12, which has an important impact on Nervous tissue and can enhance memory and attention.