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Exercise, Tea and Vitamin D Ward Off Dementia

Three studies show that improved living and diet habits, such as physical activity, regular tea-drinking and sufficient vitamin D levels, could reduce your risk of brain decline.

One of the studies found that participants who had moderate to heavy levels of physical activity had about a 40 percent lower risk of developing any type of dementia. In a second study, tea drinkers were found to have less mental decline than non-tea drinkers.

In a third study, researchers found that odds of cognitive impairment were about 42 percent higher in those deficient in vitamin D, and almost 400 percent higher in people severely deficient.

According to USA Today:

“‘More and more studies are suggesting that lifestyle changes may be able to silence the expression of risk genes, a phenomenon called epigenetics,’ says Duke University's Murali Doraiswamy, an expert on aging. He says learning how to tap into that is going to be a high priority.”

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