Antioxidants and Mental Performance

In a study out of France, researchers discovered that carotenoids, a sub-category of antioxidants, may help improve cognitive function. The participants were put through a series of tests designed to measure their cognitive performance, and those scoring lowest were also more likely to display low levels of some carotenoids, most notably zeaxanthin and lycopene. Other carotenoids include lutein, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene.

The Bigger Picture:
By ensuring a sufficient intake of a wide-variety of antioxidants (including carotenoids) you may be able to improve your mental performance as well as avoid the decline in cognitive function that comes naturally with age. Be sure to eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, and legumes on a daily basis, and/or consider supplementation with a multivitamin.
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