New research has shown that eating the spice saffron, may lower one's chance of developing Alzheimer's and may help those affected by the condition retain their cognitive function, according to FOX News.
Two separate studies have found that patients who eat 30 milligrams of saffron may have much better mental function than those who do not. For the first study, researchers observed two groups of patients for 22 weeks, while the other lasted 16 weeks.
The results were very similar - the spice could help reduce the formation of beta-amyloid plaque, which builds in the brain and is a major factor of Alzheimer's.
The news source suggests that adding saffron to one's diet may also help prevent the condition from developing or at least delay its progression.
Those who are looking to maintain a healthy retirement living may be interested in this solution, as Alzheimer's can be one of the reasons that seniors require extended care.
However, those who already suffer from mild to moderate symptoms of the illness were also found to benefit from the ingredient.
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are 5.3 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer's across the country, and they are being attended by at least 10.9 million unpaid caregivers.