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Sunbathing could 'prevent dementia'

Sunbathing could 'prevent dementia'
27th May 2009

Worshipping the sun may be one of the best ways a person can protect themselves against dementia, despite the raft of recent criticism of the pastime.

Some 3,133 men between the ages of 40 and 79 were tested at eight institutions across the continent, finding that vitamin D is beneficial in the battle against the neurodegenerative disease, according to a new report which has been published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Scientists based at the University of Manchester explained that those willing to sensibly expose themselves to sunlight are more likely to have improved mental ability and better brain functions.

It was also added that a diet which is rich in oily fish could also be beneficial, which can enhance bone strength and protect neurons in the brain.

Vitamin D is found in a number of other consumable items, including eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil, with its properties linked to protecting against osteoporosis, hypertension and cancer.

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