Iron-rich foods to prevent anaemia and could lower dementia risk
Researchers have discovered that low iron levels in blood and anaemia could be linked to increased risks for dementia, according to a study published in the journal Neurology.
Anaemia occurs when the number of red blood cells or concentrations of haemoglobin, a protein inside red blood cells, are low.
The results of an eleven year study were that the patients with anaemia had a higher risk of developing dementia compared with those who were not anaemic. Anaemia was associated with a 41% higher chance of dementia. The association persisted even after the researchers took other factors into account, such as age, sex, race and education.
Could a better diet lower the risk?
Eating foods high in iron can help prevent IDA
- Meat – especially red meat (such as beef or liver)
Also the following among non-meat foods that are good sources of iron:
- Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables
- Peas; lentils; white, red, and baked beans; soybeans; and chickpeas
- Dried fruits, such as prunes, raisins, and apricots
- Prune juice
- Iron-fortified cereals and breads.
The best way to reduce your risk of dementia is to lead a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy a balanced Mediterranean diet rich in fruit and vegetables, oily fish and even the occasional glass of red wine, take regular exercise and don’t smoke,