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New research examines avocados’ potential impact on cognitive health in older adults

 

Last updated 9/11/2017 at Noon

Avocado brioche frog in a hole consists of sliced fresh avocado with a toasted slice of brioche bread and sunny side up egg. Hass Avocado Board photos

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – Consuming one fresh avocado per day may lead to improved cognitive function in healthy older adults due to increased lutein levels in the brain and eye, according to new research published in the journal Nutrients.

The research tracked how 40 healthy adults, ages 50 and over, who ate one fresh avocado a day for six months experienced a 25 percent increase in lutein levels in their eyes and significantly improved working memory and problem-solving skills. Lutein is a carotenoid, or pigment, commonly found in fruits and vegetables that accumulates in the blood, eye...



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