Spicy lovers need to be vigilant, excessive chili consumption can increase the risk of dementia

Suara.com – Dementia is a term to describe a group of symptoms that affect memory, thinking and social skills that interfere with daily life.

There are many diseases that can cause dementia. However, a study also found that certain types of food can increase a person’s risk of developing a degenerative brain condition.

A study by the University of South Australia suggests a spicy diet may be linked to dementia.

A 15-year study of 4582 Chinese adults over the age of 55 found evidence of faster cognitive decline in those who consistently ate more than 50 grams of chili a day.

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In fact, memory decline is more significant if the lover of chili or spicy food is slim.

The study, led by Dr Zumin Shi from Qatar University, showed that those who consumed more than 50 grams of chili a day had almost double the risk of memory loss and poor cognition.

“The consumption of chili peppers was found to be beneficial for body weight and blood pressure in our previous study. However, this study found adverse effects on cognition among older adults,” said Dr Zumin quoted from Express.

Chili illustration (Pexels/Artem Beliaikin)
Chili illustration (Pexels/Artem Beliaikin)

In this study, the team included fresh and dried chilies for consumption but did not include sweet peppers and black pepper.

The results found that those over the age of 55 who ate more than 50 grams of chili per day nearly doubled the risk of cognitive decline, memory problems and dementia.

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The data also found that thinner participants were more likely to suffer from memory loss if they consumed spicy food frequently.

Capsaicin is the active component in chili peppers that accelerates metabolism, loses fat and inhibits blood vessel disorders.

However, this is the first longitudinal study to investigate the relationship between chili intake and cognitive function.

Those who eat a lot of chili have lower income and body mass index (BMI) and are more physically active than those who don’t.

Researchers say normal-weight people may be more sensitive to chili intake than overweight people, thus impacting memory and weight.

Contrary to the results of existing studies, other studies have found that spicy foods can have considerable health benefits in other parts of the body.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 4,729 studies from five leading global health databases.

The study’s findings compared people who rarely or never ate chili peppers with those who consumed it frequently experienced a 23 percent reduction in cancer-related deaths and a 25 percent reduction in overall premature death.

There are a number of risk factors for dementia that you cannot change, but growing evidence is showing how you can influence your risk.

One modifiable risk factor is cardiovascular disease (CVD), a disease that damages the heart or makes it difficult for blood to circulate throughout the body.

“Cardiovascular disease greatly increases a person’s risk of developing dementia,” says the Alzheimer’s Society (USA).