Dementia is a crippling and traumatic disorder for both the individuals stricken with it and the family members who surround them. While there is currently no 100% effective proven cure, there’s some hope in the scientific community that polyphenols may help defend against certain symptoms of cognitive decline. You see, studies have shown over the last decade that polyphenols — which are compounds with antioxidant properties found in natural food sources — have emerged as possible therapeutic aids for supporting your body against cognitive decline – which could lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The specific polyphenols which could help keep neurodegenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay include curcumin, resveratrol and tea catechins. These particular polyphenols have been flagged for their excellent antioxidant qualities, as well as how they interact with cell signaling pathways and how they protect the nerves in the body.
Here’s a quick cheat sheet on the polyphenols highlighted in the study:
Curcumin is a bright yellow compound produced by some plants. It’s also the principal element of the Indian spice turmeric; those who’ve enjoyed Indian food have had plenty of it.
Resveratrol is found in berries and the skin of red grapes; it’s one of the main reasons why red wine is so good for you.
Tea catechins are natural antioxidants and flavonoids, which are the largest nutrients found in plants known to scientists. As you might guess from the name, you’ll find these polyphenols in green tea and green tea extract.
The antioxidants found in polyphenols work by protecting the cells in your body from damage caused by free radicals. Without sound protection, free radicals can lead to poor functioning of your cells, which means your body tissues can deteriorate.