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Cheese Reduces the Risk of Dementia, Here’s What Research Says

Doctors advise staying physically active, maintaining a nutritious diet, and avoiding smoking to promote brain health as you grow older. Recently, scientists have also incorporated the inclusion of cheese as a beneficial element in these recommendations.

Vivek Singh
Cheese reduces the risk of Dementai says research (Photo: Krishijagran)
Cheese reduces the risk of Dementai says research (Photo: Krishijagran)

Dementia is a cognitive deterioration condition that impacts an individual's thinking, comprehension, and memory abilities, often occurring as people age. While there is no known cure for dementia, it can be managed through a healthy lifestyle and dietary choices. Researchers have provided support for including cheese in one's diet to potentially lower the risk of dementia and enhance cognitive well-being.

Here is What Research Says

Recent Japanese studies have revealed a connection between cheese consumption and a reduced risk of various brain-related issues, such as dementia and Parkinson's disease. These findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, are based on an analysis of data from approximately 1,600 adults aged 65 and older. The research indicated that individuals who consumed higher amounts of cheese had a 44% lower risk of dementia compared to those who consumed less cheese. Furthermore, the study suggested that cheese eaters also had a decreased risk of other brain conditions, including Parkinson's disease and stroke.

How Can Cheese, or Other Dairy Products Help Reduce Cognitive Decline?

According to Patrick Porter, Ph.D., a neuroscience expert and the founder of BrainTap, a well-balanced diet that is abundant in vital nutrients is essential for optimal brain health. He emphasizes that cheese and dairy products offer specific nutrients like choline and amino acids, which are crucial components for neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters play a pivotal role in facilitating communication between nerve cells, a fundamental process for cognitive functions such as memory, concentration, and decision-making. Furthermore, the inclusion of vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids in cheese contributes to a healthy nervous system, which serves as a cornerstone for cognitive function, as per Porter's insights.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a condition characterized by the decline in cognitive abilities like thinking, memory, and reasoning to the extent that it disrupts a person's daily life and activities. It can also lead to emotional instability and personality alterations. Dementia varies in severity, ranging from mild stages where it starts to impact functioning to severe stages where individuals require full assistance with basic daily tasks like eating.

Common Symptoms of Dementia

  • Memory lapses, impaired judgment, and mental confusion

  • Challenges with communication, both in understanding and expressing thoughts, as well as reading and writing

  • Becoming disoriented and getting lost in familiar surroundings

  • Difficulty managing finances and handling bills responsibly

  • Repeatedly asking the same questions

  • Using unusual terms for familiar objects

  • Slowing down while performing everyday tasks

  • Decreased interest in typical daily activities and events

  • Encountering hallucinations, delusions, or paranoia

  • Displaying impulsive behavior

  • Exhibiting a lack of empathy towards others' feelings

  • Experiencing balance issues and movement problems

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