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9/19/2000

Eat Vegetables to Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Kate Traynor

A new study suggests that people who eat vegetables and certain antioxidants can ward off vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

At World Alzheimer Conference 2000, held in Washington, D.C., in July, scientists from the Netherlands presented a study examining the dietary habits of 5,395 men and women at least 55 years old. People who reported eating large amounts of vegetables and vitamins E and C lowered their risk for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, the scientists found. Eating fruit or the antioxidants beta-carotene, flavonoids, and selenium did not, however, decrease the risk for dementia.