Eating more fruit and vegetables could help stave off dementia according to new research by scientists in UK and France.

Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption could help reduce the risk of developing dementia, a study published today in the British Medical Journal has found.

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is one of several factors that could help the brain stave off dementia - the other being taking up full-time education, and eradicating diabetes and depression.

The team of French scientists who carried out some the research followed a group of 1,433 healthy people aged over 65 in France for up to seven years, testing cognitive ability through reading tests.

They concluded that public health initiatives aimed at these four major areas could help prevent 40 per cent of prospective sufferers from developing the condition.

These four areas coule even outweigh the effect of removing the principal known genetic risk factor.


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