Adults eating more than 50 grams of chili per day & # 039; run a higher risk of memory loss & # 039;
A curry may be the country's favorite meal, but research suggests that overeating in spicy foods can cause memory loss.
A study of more than 4,500 people found that those who consumed 50 grams of chili a day were twice as likely to complain about poor memory.
Eating a lot of chili was also linked to a 56 percent decline in memory over 15 years, the study revealed.
Scientists are not sure why the link exists, and some studies suggest that chili & # 39; s active component capsaicin might keep us sharp.
However, high doses of capsaicin have been used to deactivate & # 39; nerves causing pain & # 39 ;.
The researchers claim that it is therefore the & # 39; viability & # 39; of the nerve and accelerate – but warned that the theory & # 39; very speculative & # 39; is.
Adults who eat more than 50 grams of chili a day, & # 39; run a higher risk of memory loss & # 39; (stock)
Scientists from the University of Qatar led the study, which also involved academics from the University of South Australia.
& # 39; Chili consumption has been shown to be beneficial for body weight and blood pressure in our previous studies, & # 39; said lead author Dr. Zumin Shi.
& # 39; In this study, however, we have found adverse effects on cognition in older adults. & # 39;
Dementia – the most common form of which is Alzheimer's disease – affects 850,000 people in the UK, according to the Alzheimer's Society.
And in the US, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 5.7 million people live with the disease.
Diet is a & # 39; customizable risk factor & # 39 ;, along with smoking and inactivity, the researchers wrote in the journal Nutrients.
Chile is one of the most used spices in the world, with a high intake in Asia.
The study's co-author Dr. Ming Li said: “In certain regions of China, such as Sichuan and Hunan, almost one in three adults consume spicy food every day.”
WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a series of progressive neurological disorders, that is, disorders affecting the brain.
There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer's is the most common.
Some people may have a combination of types of dementia.
Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience his dementia in his own unique way.
Dementia is a global problem, but it is most often seen in richer countries, where people are likely to live to very old ages.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED?
The Alzheimer's & # 39; s Society reports that there are more than 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, more than 500,000 of whom have Alzheimer's.
It is estimated that by 2025 the number of people with dementia in the UK will increase to more than 1 million.
In the US there are an estimated 5.5 million people with Alzheimer's. A comparable percentage increase is expected in the coming years.
As the age of a person increases, so does the risk of dementia.
The diagnoses are increasing but many people with dementia are still not diagnosed.
IS THERE A CURE?
There is currently no cure for dementia.
But new drugs can slow their progress and the sooner it is noticed, the more effective are treatments.
Source: Dementia UK
Chile has been associated with a reduced risk of obesity, high blood pressure and even an early death. This is thought to be due to capsaicin that & # 39; internal stress & # 39; lowers.
However, animal studies that looked at the role of capsaicin in cognitive function have yielded mixed results, some of which suggest that the & # 39; neurotoxic & # 39; is.
For more information, the researchers analyzed 4,582 adults over 55 who participated in the China Health and Nutrition Survey between 1991 and 2006.
Of these, their cognitive function was assessed at 3.02 in at least two sessions in 1997, 2000, 2004 or 2006.
This meant that they were asked to retrieve 10 words from a list and to count them back from 20.
Participants were also asked to rate their memories on a scale of & # 39; very good & # 39; to & # 39; very poor & # 39 ;.
Chili intake was monitored via a three-day food questionnaire during each survey. This included both fresh and dried chili peppers, but no bell pepper or black pepper.
The results showed that the more spicy food a participant ate, the lower his cognitive function.
In comparison with the participants who never ate chili, those who consumed more than 50 g per day had more than double the risk of self-reported poor memory.
However, the researchers found that 50 grams of chili per day is & # 39; not common in Western countries & # 39 ;.
But the participants who ate so much were 56 percent more likely to report memory loss during the 15-year study period.
The risk was greatest in people with low BMI, who found the researchers & # 39; borderline significant & # 39; called.
Those who are underweight or have a healthy BMI may be more sensitive to chili than heavier people, she added.
The participants who ate a lot of chili also had a lower income and were physically more active than non-consumers.
Exactly why chili can cause cognitive decline is unclear, with some animal studies even suggesting it promotes good memory.
Capsaicin has previously been shown to accelerate metabolism, promote weight loss and prevent vascular diseases such as strokes.
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