Diet high in fiber may lower risk of cognitive decline
A new study in Japan has found that adding fiber-rich foods to your diet can help in improving your memory and reduce the risk of developing dreadful ailments like Dementia.
Researchers in Japan found people with fiber-rich diets, and particularly those consuming high levels of soluble fiber, were less likely to develop dementia.
Soluble fiber is found in foods including oats, peas, beans, lentils and peanuts.
Previous research has shown a high-fiber diet that is rich in produce, whole grains, nuts and seeds, may play a role in reducing dementia risk.
In many countries, including the US and Australia, people consume less fiber than nutritionists recommend. A diet high in fiber is important for maintaining a healthy digestive system and also reduces cholesterol.
The results of the current study need to be confirmed by additional observational or intervention studies and in other populations, but reducing dementia risk may be yet another benefit of incorporating more fiber into one’s diet.
Dementia is a cluster of symptoms that impair memory, thinking, and social abilities in older adults.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause, but dementia can also result from other diseases, such as stroke. According to the World Health Organization, dementia is the seventh leading cause of death worldwide.