University researchers find egg and meat link to reduced dementia risk

Men with a high amount of a certain nutrient in their diet had a significantly reduced risk of dementia.

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Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland have made a breakthrough study about the link between a nutrient commonly found in eggs and meat, and dementia.

Scientists found that the risk of dementia and cognitive decline was 28% lower in men with the highest amount of a nutrient called phosphatidylcholine in their diets, compared to men with the lowest intake.

Men with the highest intake of the nutrient excelled in tests measuring their memory and linguistic abilities.

“There is no cure for the most common cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and every little piece of information may potentially help to prevent or delay the onset” says Maija Ylilauri, a PhD student at the University of Eastern Finland who is part of the research team.

The scientists are keen to point out that their research is just one study and more need to be carried out to draw firmer conclusions.

“In an experimental study we would have for example two groups of people where one group would eat a couple of eggs a day and the other group would not. Then after a while we could run tests to see if there is a difference in cognitive capacity between these groups” Ylilauri tells News Now Finland.

The findings are significant because more than 50 million people worldwide are suffering from a memory disorder that has led to dementia, and the number is expected to grow.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and there’s no known cure. The findings from the University of Eastern Finland could play a role in preventing dementia.

So should people go out to eat more eggs and meat straight away? Not so fast say scientists.

“People might wonder now what to eat to prevent dementia. According to our study there is no need to start eating excess amounts of eggs or meat. Nutritional recommendations are good to follow. There are also a lot of other things to keep in mind, such as physical exercise, not drinking too much alcohol, preventing head injuries and so on in dementia prevention” explains Maija Ylilauri.

The findings of the research were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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