Oranges, grapefruits, sour lemons and sweet lemons are part of the large citrus family, according to the Young Reporters Club. In addition to the delicious taste and countless properties that citrus fruits have, consuming them can reduce the risk of some diseases such as dementia.
Dementia is a chronic and sometimes acute disorder of mental processes that occurs due to brain disease and manifests itself with symptoms such as personality change, anonymity, and impaired memory and learning. However, Japanese researchers recently announced that consuming citrus fruits can reduce the risk of dementia.
Researchers at Tohoku University have found that people who regularly consume citrus fruits are less likely to develop dementia as they age. In the study, researchers surveyed 13,000 volunteers aged 65 and over over a six-year period.
Evidence shows that people who consume citrus fruits three to four times a week have a 18 percent lower risk of developing dementia. Also, people who consumed citrus fruits on a daily basis had a 23% reduced risk of developing dementia.
The research in Japan came after dementia became one of the challenges of the country’s healthcare system. It is estimated that 4.6 million people in this country suffer from dementia. As Japan’s population ages, the Ministry of Health predicts that by 2025 the number of people with dementia will reach more than 7.3 million. Therefore, ways to deal with this disease is one of the top health priorities of this country.