Diet including citrus fruits and oily fish can help prevent dementia

Research indicates that a diet including citrus fruits, oily fish and black tea could help reduce the risk of developing dementia.
There are 850,000 people in the UK who have dementia, according to Alzheimers Society, who also predict this figure will reach one million by 2021, and two million by 2051.
Oily fish, which includes herring and salmon, are good for your health due to their high omega-3 content. This high level of omega-3 is thought to reduce the risk of degenerative disease dementia by almost 50 per cent.
Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits are important to a healthy diet, being a rich source of flavanones, a compound found in the fruits which helps protect the brain from some effects of dementia.
However, citrus based fruits can be very high in sugar, which may increase your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Scientists also found that people were less than half as likely to show early signs of age-related dementia if they drank two or three cups of black tea each day.
“Eating a healthy and balanced diet is one of the things people can do to help maintain a healthy brain as they age,” said Dr Laura Phipps, of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“A Mediterranean-style diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, low levels of sugar and saturated fats and a moderate amount of meat and fish has previously been linked with a reduced risk of dementia as well as other health benefits,” she continued.

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