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New research suggests certain compounds found in the food were thought to have a protective effect on the brain.

A healthy diet is key for keeping you feeling well, but new research suggests certain foods can also help to reduce your risk of developing dementia.

Oranges, grapefruit and tangerines flavanones – an antioxidant compound found in the citrus fruits thought to help protect areas of the brain involved in perception and recognition.

‘Antioxidants work by limiting oxidative damage, which is core to the development of dementia,’ says Matthew Prima from the Centre for Global Mental Health.

Oily fish was also recommended to help protect against the development of dementia, because they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and a regular portion of oily fish is recommended as part of something called the MIND diet, which was developed by Rush University in Chicago.

Finally, settling down for a regular cup of tea can also help to reduce your risk, as like citrus fruits, it contains flavanones. However, it needs to be black tea – or, even better – green tea. The latter contains polyphenol compounds (micronutrients) which help prevent the build-up of deposits or plaques in the brain which lead to age-related cognitive decline.

For more tips on foods to help keep your brain healthy, click here.