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Lack Of Vitamin D Increases Dementia Risk

Posted By: Staff

Having a healthy diet is very important not just for your brain health but for your overall health. Lack of any of the essential nutrients and minerals in the body can cause several health issues.

Vitamin D is one of the essential nutrient that our body requires. Lack of adequate vitamin D in the body can lead to several health problems. Vitamin D helps in strengthening the bones, reducing the risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis

Well, it is not just this, a new study has found that the deficiency of Vitamin D increases the risk of developing dementia. Sunlight is one of the major source of vitamin D. Exposure to sunlight on a regular basis helps in lowering the risk of dementia.

The number of dementia cases has been on the rise worldwide. In 2014, a research claimed patients with a deficiency in vitamin D were substantially more at risk of developing the condition.

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During the course of the study it was found that adults who were moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 percent higher risk of getting dementia, while those who were severely deficient were 122 percent more likely to develop the condition.

Meanwhile, the researchers found that more than 1,600 people, who were followed for six years developed Alzheimer's disease, as well as other forms of dementia.

Dr David Llewellyn, a researcher working on the study, said, "We expected to find an association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, but the results were surprising. We actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated. Clinical trials are now needed to establish whether eating foods such as oily fish or taking vitamin D supplements can delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia."

Here is a list of foods that are rich in vitamin D. Take a look.

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1. Mushrooms:

Mushrooms are exposed to sun, hence it contains a good amount of vitamin D. Adding mushrooms to your diet on a regular basis helps in providing the body with a good amount of vitamin D.

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2. Milk:

Milk is rich in vitamin D. Drinking a glass of milk on a regular basis, especially before going to bed helps in providing the body with a good amount of vitamin D. Instead of adding milk in your tea, coffee or milkshakes, it is always better to consume milk in plain form in order to get the its nutrient value.

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3. Eggs:

Many people do not like the taste of egg yolk but egg yolk actually contains a substantial amount of vitamin D. Make it a point to eat whole egg in order to get its maximum health benefits.

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4. Soy Products:

Soy products, especially soy milk is one of the best sources of vitamin D. In addition to vitamin D soy milk is also high in protein content. Adding a glass of soy milk on a regular basis in your diet helps in maintaining the required level of vitamin D level in the body.

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5. Orange Juice:

Orange is one of the best fruits and a rich source of vitamin D. Drinking a glass of orange juice on a regular basis along with your breakfast in the morning helps.

Read more about: vitamin d, dementia, brain
Story first published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 23:00 [IST]
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