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Dementia: Two spices that can cut down the risk of Alzheimer's disease - Times of India

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01/5 How can you cut down the risk of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia characterized by loss of memory, language, problem-solving abilities and others. Although the condition is more prevalent among older adults, younger individuals are not untouched by it. It is true that as the risk of developing the condition increases with age, some diseases may even lead to dementia in the 30s and 40s. Besides, in most cases, the condition starts early, only the symptoms become predominant later in life. Till now researchers in the field of medical science have not been able to find a treatment to reverse the condition, but the risk factor can always be lowered by different means. From exercise to diet, several things can delay or cut down the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Now spices are the new addition to this long list.

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02/5 How spices can help to cut down the risk of Alzheimer's disease

Healthy and clean eating is a topic that has always been stressed to live a long and healthy life. Even in the cases of mental health, a healthy diet plays a great role. Spices are one of the key ingredients of a cuisine. They not only enhance the flavours of the food but also support our health in several ways. Every spice present in your pantry is loaded with nutrients and can be beneficial for health in one or more ways. When it comes particularly to Alzheimer's, researchers believe that cumin and cinnamon can slow or cut down the risk.

03/5 What is special about cumin and cinnamon

Cumin and cinnamon are two different kinds of spices, widely used across the globe for preparing diverse foods. One is a seed, the other is a bark. They taste different and also have different nutrient content. But there is one compound that is common in both- polyphenols. Both spices are loaded with polyphenols-compounds that offer numerous benefits for memory and brain health.

04/5 ​The role of polyphenols

Studies suggest that polyphenols have the ability to reduce brain plaque and inflammation. The compound can prevent cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s. Studies also suggest that polyphenols can protect neurons against injury induced by neurotoxins, promoting memory, learning, and cognitive function.

Apart from that, the compound found in the two spices can help manage blood pressure levels, keep your blood vessels healthy and promote good circulation. They also help reduce chronic inflammation and manage blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of heart problems.

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05/5 Other activities that can cut down the risk of dementia

The lifestyle choices you make in your 30s and 40s influences your health conditions later in life. So, you need to take measures earlier to reduce the risk of dementia and other chronic diseases that develop with time. Apart from adding these two spices in your food, some other things that you may do to cut down the risk of Alzheimer's includes:

Eating healthy

Exercising

Solving puzzles

Reading

Managing stress levels

Addressing underlying health conditions and

Staying happy

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