UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Specialists from the University of Eastern Finland stood up for the protection of meat products. It’s all about diet choline, which is rich in meat and eggs.
A new study showed that eating choline with food is associated with a reduced risk of developing dementia and improved cognitive function in men.
Choline (previously considered vitamin B 4) is an important nutrient found in various compounds in food.
It is necessary for the synthesis of the most important neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Some studies have shown that adequate choline intake plays a role in preventing cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. Choline today is even used in a multi-component medical drink intended for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
New evidence suggests that men with the highest intake of choline have a 28% lower risk of dementia compared with men with the lowest intake. Men with the highest intake of choline in the diet also excelled the rest in tests measuring memory and language abilities. The main sources of choline in the diet of the study sample were eggs (39%) and meat (37%).
To obtain these results, researchers for more than 20 years have analyzed the data of about 2,500 Finnish men aged 42 to 60 for diet, lifestyle, and overall health. This information was compared with records in hospitals, including the causes of death and records of reimbursement of medicines.
A few years after the start of the study, approximately 500 men passed tests measuring their memory and thinking. During follow-up, 337 men developed dementia.
It is important that, in addition to consuming dietary choline, researchers also took into account other factors related to genetics, lifestyle, and nutrition, which could explain the difference in cognitive health of the subjects: for example, the APOE4 gene, which is proven to predispose to Alzheimer’s disease, or social / physical activity.
Nevertheless, even with such amendments, men who leaned on eggs and meat exceeded the others in terms of the preservation of cognitive abilities.
According to the researchers, new data can play a vital role in preventing dementia. The successful prevention of dementia is the sum of many aspects, and in this equation, even small individual factors can positively influence the overall risk, possibly by preventing or delaying the onset of the disease.
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