Antioxidants Reduce the Inflammatory Effects of Alzheimer's

An antioxidant-rich diet could reduce levels of the amino acid homocysteine and counter the detrimental inflammatory effects associated with Alzheimer’s disease. A new study found that daily consumption of an antioxidant-rich drink for eight months was associated with a smaller increase in homocysteine levels, especially in people with moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

High levels of homocysteine are associated with dementia. One study reported that people with homocysteine levels above 14 micromoles per liter of serum had twice the risk of dementia.

According to NutraIngredients:

“Results showed that consumption of the antioxidant-rich drink ‘attenuated the [homocysteine] increase...’, which was measured at a level of 11.7 micromoles per liter for the antioxidant beverage, compared with 15.63 micromoles per liter for the placebo group. Furthermore, in people with moderate Alzheimer’s diseases, the active beverage was associated with an average homocysteine level of 10.49 micromoles per liter”.

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