Orange juice is a popular morning time beverage, as it’s not only refreshing but offers much nutritional value, too. Oranges and orange juice are a great snacking option because they are low in calories and packed with nutrients that offer countless health benefits.
Orange juice is one of the richest sources of vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant and detoxifying agent that destroys or neutralizes the free radicals in our body, thus boosting our immune system.
Many studies have offered evidence that drinking orange juice every day offers multiple benefits. Now a new study offered another health benefit of drinking orange juice regularly- it suggests, drinking a small glass of orange juice could cut down dementia risk.
During the study, scientists involved almost 28,000 men. Scientists tracked their diet for two decades, starting when they were 51 years old.
Based on the results of cognition tests carried out every four years, the researchers also found that by their later 70s, men who had regularly eaten the most vegetables over the previous decades were 17 percent less likely to have moderate cognitive problems and 34 percent less likely to have ‘extensive’ cognitive issues.
The study’s lead author, Changzheng Yuan, said: “The protective role of regular consumption of fruit juice was mainly observed among the oldest men. Since fruit juice is usually high in calories from concentrated fruit sugars, it’s generally best to consume no more than a small glass (four to six ounces) per day.”
“Fruit and vegetable consumption may be a piece of the puzzle to maintaining cognitive health and should be viewed in conjunction with other behaviors believed to support cognitive health.”
The study, in other words, suggests that middle-aged men that drank a small glass of orange juice saw their risk for cognitive decline go down substantially.
The study is published in the journal Neurology.