In the News: A carrot a day to keep the doctor away

A new study has revealed that taking supplements of beta carotene, the pigment found in carrots, tomatoes and broccoli and which makes carrots orange, may cut the risk of dementia and help you remember words and conversations better.

The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that those who take beta carotene supplements for 15 years or longer have better memory and other brain skills. It is thought that beta-carotene protects brain cells from damage caused by ageing.


Researchers believe that the supplement could be used to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s but added that more research was needed to confirm this before they could recommend its use as a dietary supplement. Smokers were also warned not to take the supplement as it could increase the risk of lung cancer. The research does, however, provide more evidence that antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, which mop up harmful chemicals produced in the body can stave off diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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