Beet juice may combat dementia

Beet juice has been found to increase blood flow to the brain in older adults, researchers at Wake Forest University have found. They say the study has great potential for combating the progression of dementia.

“There have been several very high-profile studies showing that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, but we wanted to show that drinking beet juice also increases perfusion, or blood flow, to the brain,” said researcher Daniel Kim-Shapiro.

For the study, researchers examined how a daily dose of beet juice affects adults age 70 and over. Follow-up MRIs indicated increased blood flow to the frontal lobes, areas of the brain commonly associated with dementia.

The university is working with a company to create and market a new beet-juice based beverage.

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