Dementia is a term that covers symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities so severely that they interfere with people's daily lives. It is not a specific disease, but several diseases can cause dementia. A study has found a surprising type of food that may put non-overweight people at risk of developing a degenerative brain condition. It is about a study carried out by scientists from the University of South Australia.
It showed that spicy foods and foods can be linked to dementia. The study lasted 15 years, with 4,582 Chinese adults over 55 taking part in it. Scientists found evidence of faster cognitive decline in those who consistently consumed more than 50 grams of chili a day.
The memory decline was even more significant if the chili lovers were slim rather than overweight.
A study conducted by Dr. Zumin Shi of Qatar University showed the same results. In elderly people who consumed more than 50 grams of chili per day, the risk of memory and cognitive function deterioration was twice as high.
“In our previous research, we found that chili consumption is beneficial for body mass and blood pressure. However, in this study, we also found its adverse impact on the cognitive functions of the elderly," says Dr. Zumin.
His team included both fresh and dried hot chili peppers for the purposes of the study, but excluded sweet and black pepper from their calculations. As it turned out, the results showed that study participants over the age of 55 who ate more than 50 grams of hot chili peppers each day almost doubled their risk of cognitive decline, memory problems, and dementia.
The data also showed that the leaner participants were more likely to suffer from memory loss if they emphasized the spicy.