Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tofu And Dementia

The study focused on 719 elderly Indonesians living in urban and rural regions of Java. The researchers found high tofu consumption - at least once a day - was associated with worse memory, particularly among the over-68s.

Soy products are a major alternative protein source to meat for many people in the developing world. But soy consumption is also on the increase in the west, where it is often promoted as a "superfood".

Soy products are rich in micronutrients called phytoestrogens, which mimic the impact of the female sex hormone estrogen.

There is some evidence that they may protect the brains of younger and middle-aged people from damage - but their effect on the aging brain is less clear.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting. As a veghead I worry about my tofu consumption. I do eat some seafood to make sure i get b-12 though so maybe I should eat more of that and less tofu.

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