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Typical Antioxidants Might Not Protect Your Brain

Upping your intake of antioxidants in middle age won't do much to keep your mind sharp into old age, new research indicates. Investigators found that men who consumed relatively large amounts of beta-carotene, flavanoids and vitamins E and C in middle age appeared no less likely to develop various forms of dementia nearly 30 years later.

I am not really surprised with this study but I do believe that antioxidants can protect the brain. It is just not the typical antioxidants like vitamins E an C that were evaluated in this study. I believe the key is in the polyphenolic bioflavanoids that are especially present in deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables. Blueberries would be the classic example and have been widely used for this purpose. I started a review on this topic one month ago but have been so busy I have not been able to finish it. But another review was in last month's American journal of Clinical Nutrition. I hope to finish it soon as it is really a remarkable review.

American Journal Epidemiology May 15, 2004;159(10):959-67

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