Sunday, February 11, 2007

Banish Alzheimer's

Research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry indicates regular consumption of niacin-rich foods like peanuts provides protection against Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline.

Researchers from the Chicago Health and Aging Project interviewed 3,718 Chicago residents aged 65 or older about their diet, then tested their cognitive abilities over the following six years.

Those getting the most niacin from foods (22 mg per day) were 70% less likely to have developed Alzheimer's disease than those consuming the least (about 13 mg daily), and their rate of age-related cognitive decline was significantly less.

Some foods rich in niacin are green peas, peanuts, and soy products.
Another way to boost niacin levels is to eat more foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan. The human body can convert tryptophan to niacin, with a little help from other B vitamins, iron and vitamin C. Foods high in tryptophan include shrimp, crimini mushrooms, yellowfin tuna, halibut, chicken breast, scallops, salmon, and turkey.


Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Now we know why the elephant never forgets.

February 11, 2007 10:37 PM  
Blogger Oroborous said...

Ha - very clever.

February 12, 2007 3:28 PM  

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