As professor and study co-author C. Kathleen Dorey Ph.D. explains in a news release, “These results are consistent with large population studies that found risk for Alzheimer’s disease was significantly lower in those who ate diets rich in carotenoids, or had high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in their blood, or accumulated in their retina as macular pigment,” adding, “Not only that, but we believe eating carotenoid-rich diets will help keep brains in top condition at all ages.”
The reason being, the study authors explain, is that the brain is vulnerable to cumulative oxidative damage, but this damage can be prevented by antioxidants found in a healthy diet.
To ensure you’re getting plenty of carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more, it’s a good idea to invest in a quality, research-backed multivitamin, to help fill in any gaps in your diet. Here are our favorites (containing plenty of carotenoids) to help you choose!
And when it comes to dietary choices, think colorful fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. You can check out our full guide to the MIND diet here for more information.