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      • The idea that humans can totally stop the ageing clock might be illusionary.


      • There are tested ways to check the excesses of sensory deterioration though.


      •  One way to control, or even prevent, the weakening of cognitive faculties is by eating certain types of food.


      •  Africa is home to an assortment of foods that can help reduce the unflattering effects of cognitive recline.



      Ageing comes with peculiar challenges that usually build up to a decline in the body’s capacity to function in various ways. The human body parts and organs, like every other tool of work, need periodic rest and servicing. Nonetheless, ageing knocks uniquely, sometimes it announces its presence boldly, other times it quietly creeps in.


      According to experts, changes can begin and stay for decades in the brain before a person starts to notice cognitive decline. To contextualize cognitive decline, one can present it as the gradual waning of mental faculties as a result of neurological or psychological troubles like dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, or substance abuse. Cognitive issues arise from different influences including environmental conditions, hormonal changes, and genetic traits.


      Science and medical journalist, James Kingsland, launched research to find out ways to slow down or reduce cognitive decline. He found that some of the issues from cognitive decline are not necessarily curable and that most treatments simply temporarily alleviate the symptoms of dementia particularly, however, lifestyle modifications, such as meticulous intake of controlled diets that can reduce individuals’ risk of developing the condition, become key routine goals if one must prevent cognitive decline.


      Kingsland was able to make the connection between eating foods rich in a kind of antioxidant called flavonoid and meaningfully minimalizing the risk of facing primary signs of cognitive decline. vegetables and fruits like strawberries, blueberries, oranges, peppers, and other foods of this class, owe their bright colors to plant elements called flavonoids. These phytochemicals have potent antioxidant features that place them as possible oxidative stress reducers in the brain.





      Oxidative stress has been listed as one of the key causes of age-related cognitive decline and, eventually, dementia; a person’s memory is besieged by the weight of age, their thinking and reasoning abilities are heavily assaulted by the effects of several billions on ticks that had gone down the clock.


      It is noteworthy that previous research on possible connections between eating foods rich in flavonoids and reduced risk of cognitive decline later in life has not been totally exhausted and settled, however, existing evidence corroborates the huge likelihood that these foods can help stagnate cognitive deterioration.


      Interestingly, these foods are found, in significant proportions, on the continent of Africa. Some of them may have their native roots from different parts of the world but Africa remains chief when it comes to most of these foods prominent for defying cognitive decline.





      1.     Onions


      These vegetables are packed with nutrients, loaded with antioxidants, contain cancer-fighting compounds, benefit heart health, help control blood sugar, boost digestive health, enhance bone density, contain antibacterial properties, and are quite easy to add to your meal.


      The nutrient-packed vegetables, heavily laden with essential minerals and vitamins too, mostly vitamin C, are pivotal to multiple cuisines globally, since they are the confluence where nutrient, flavor, and aroma meet. Because they are a great source of flavanols, they can also reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A medium onion has 44 calories but carries a substantial dose of minerals, vitamins necessary for regulating collagen production, immune health, and tissue repair, as well as some fiber.





      Interestingly, these vegetables abound in unbelievably high proportions in Africa. The north African country of Egypt ranks highest in Onion production on the entire continent, and third globally, producing a total of 3.1 million metric tons annually. Nigeria, in west Africa, produces two million metric tons of onion annually putting it 2nd in Africa and 7th worldwide. Sudan, with 1.5 million metric tons of onion annually, is the third biggest producers in Africa and 12th on the global scale. Algeria, Morrocco, and others are also quite big in production, consumption, and exportation of onions.



      2.     Tea


      Researchers studied a sample of 957 adults, average age 65; they were part of the Singapore Longitudinal Aging Study. 69% of them drank tea frequently, and after a five-year period, the researchers found that the tea drinkers had a 50% lesser risk of dementia. This outcome is consistent with previous conclusions that showed tea drinkers scored higher on various cognitive tests.


      Take a tour around Africa, from Algeria to Tunisia to Kenya and Morocco, observe keenly, and you will find that Africans are huge producers and patrons of tea. Kenya is the largest producer of black tea in the world; read more about that here.





      3.     Tomatoes


      Apart from potatoes and chillis, tomatoes have earned a spot as the next most consumed vegetables in the world.


      They are significantly rich in antioxidants and can stagnate the effects of cognitive decline, in addition, they carry a multitude of benefits in them; they contain low calorie, provide important nutrients like vitamin C and potassium, help combat metabolic syndrome, helps protect heart health, help prevent constipation, help prevent type 2 diabetes, aid immune function, support exercise recovery, support male fertility, reduce cancer risk and provide other health benefits to the body.





      4.     Red Wine


      Red wine is a healthy way to indulge, if one must take shots of alcoholic drinks. Research recommends drinking an occasional glass of red wine because it contains antioxidants, can help protect against heart disease and harmful inflammation, may promote longevity, and contains several healthy benefits.


      Remarkably, red wine probably contains more antioxidants than white wine. Africa, incidentally, is home to red wine, with South Africa taking the lead on the continent and alternating between sixth and seventh position on the global scale. You can read more about African red wine here.





      5.     Baobab


      The Boabab’s biggest enemies are waterlogging, elephants, lightning, drought, and black fungus. The tree, regarded as the longest-lived, stands tall as one of the most iconic plants in the savannah.

      Its size is so imposing that its hollow trunk, from top to bottom, can measure more than 20 meters in diameter and can store up to 120 thousand liters of water.


      Some baobab trees serve as houses, grain warehouses or animal shelters. It has eight different species, six of which are native to Madagascar. They can live for thousands of years.


      Bostwana, Namibia, Madagascar, Tanzania, South Africa, Mali, Nigeria, and other African countries are rich with an abundance of the baobab fruits; fruits that are rich with an abundance of antitoxins. In Hausa language, one of Nigeria’s major languages, it is called Kuka.




      6.     Chocolate/Cocoa


      Chocolate is one of the products from the cocoa beans. Chocolate has maintained its globally fame, but, a good number of people may not understand how much Africa offers so that Chocolate can stay popular. Many countries grow the cocoa beans but not many stand tall in that venture. Cote d’Ivoire, responsible for 30% of the world’s cocoa, is one of such outstanding producers of Cocoa. Known food brands like Cadbury, Nestle, and others, are known to secure cocoa from Cote d’Ivoire.


      Ghana’s cocoa production contributes substantially to the country’s GDP; it is another major producer of cocoa. Cameroon and Nigeria are to be reckoned with too, in cocoa production. Beyond the business, it is from Cocoa that chocolate comes; and from chocolate we get an assortment of nutrients including antioxidants that can control the adverse effects of ageing and slow down cognitive decline. When next you crave chocolate, remember that they abound in abundance, in Africa.





      7.     Avocado


      Avocados carry assorted nutrients and health gains in them, including reducing depression risk, improving digestion, preventing bone loss, supporting heart health, protecting against cancer, and many more benefits.


      They are a key source of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and magnesium.





      They also provide omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and beta carotene. They enhance vision, help prevent cancer, reduce depression risk, improve digestion, detoxify the body, protect from chronic diseases, as well as slow down the pressures of cognitive decline.


      Kenya recently took over as a leading exporter of Avocado in the globe. Other leading exporters in Africa are Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon.


      8.     Melons


      Both watermelons and egusi originated from the African continent.





      The first watermelons ever were spotted in South Africa more than 5,000 years ago, and, till today, there are several wild variants there, from bitter, to bland, and sweet variants. From South Africa, they spread massively, and by year 2000 BC they were cultivated such that they became an everyday staple in ancient Egypt. The hieroglyphs on the buildings of that era tell tales of harvesting watermelons.






      Another variant of melon that has proven to be a major staple in west Africa is the one called Egusi in native Nigerian parlance.

      It is protein-rich, growing as seeds in gourds. They are dried, ground, and used as a major ingredient in West African cuisine. The classic egusi soup testifies to the richness of this plant. Loaded with vitamins, essential minerals, and antioxidant properties, egusi helps rid the body of toxins and prevents cell damage. These benefits are some of the reasons the free radicals in the body are kept under check.





      All the aforementioned high-flavonol-laden vegetables and fruits as well as others like apples, broccoli, kale, oranges, pears, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, lime, lemon, pineapple, as well as other foods like fish, mushroom, sesame seeds, cashews, garlics, and others contribute immensely to the prevention of cognitive decline and unnatural ageing since they are all loaded with age defying antioxidants, and you know what? The continent of Africa is loaded with these edibles.


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