Iron Content of Organic Moringa Powder Can Lower the Risk of Dementia
Recent research indicates that adequate iron intake can benefit people even into old age. Medical News Today reports:
“Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and the American Academy of Neurology analyzed 2,552 adults between the ages of 70 and 79 who were participating in a Health, Aging and Body Composition study.
The study, which was carried out over an 11-year period, required the adults to participate in memory and thinking tests during this time.
At the beginning of the study, all patients were free of dementia. At the start of the research, 393 were diagnosed with anemia and 445 had developed it by the end of the study.
The results were that the patients with anemia had a higher risk of developing dementia compared with those who were not anemic. Anemia was associated with a 41% higher chance of dementia. The association persisted even after the researchers took other factors into account, such as age, sex, race and education.”
Why is iron such an important mineral? First of all, it is vital to the production of red blood cells, and it’s also a primary component of hemoglobin, the proteins in your blood that carry oxygen throughout the body. Iron is also part of many enzymes, which are catalysts that aid in food digestion and other metabolic processes in the body.
When children don’t get enough iron, their motor function (i.e. movement) may be hampered. In pregnant women, iron deficiency can cause premature delivery or a baby that is below the ideal weight or size. Adults who lack iron in their body are also prone to feeling fatigue. Regardless of age or gender though, iron deficiency is known to impede mental and memory functions, which is probably why anemia is linked with the onset of dementia.
So how do you get enough iron? Red meats, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, and mollusks are just some of the iron-rich foods you can consume. However, even a relatively healthy diet won’t guarantee sufficient iron intake. As such, some people take organic Moringa Powder since the tree is known to be a great source of iron.
When buying organic Moringa Powder though, be sure to select a reliable supplier that has extensive experience in cultivating Moringa trees and processing leaves for optimal nutrient retention. For example, leading companies like Vidsamor plants their trees in rich soil that is free from heavy metals that can affect product quality. Furthermore, they don’t use binding agents, MSG, or sweeteners in the preparation of their products.
(Article Information and Image from Iron-rich foods to prevent anemia could lower dementia risk, Medical News Today, August 2, 2013)
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