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Apple Juice May Help with Brain Cognition

Alissa Sauer
By Alissa SauerFebruary 5, 2015

Recent studies have shown the brain boosting properties of apples, apple juice and certain fruits. One study found that drinking apple juice reduced the production of beta-amyloid in mice and another found that drinking apple juice regularly could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 75%. Learn more about the Alzheimer’s fighting properties in apple juice and other fruits. 

Apple Juice May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

Researchers from the Center for Cellular Neurobiology; Neurodegeneration Research University of Massachusetts, Lowell, published a study that showed the positive effects of apple juice on Alzheimer’s. Researchers found that mice given the human equivalent of two cups of apple juice per day, performed better on cognition tests. Apple juice consumption was also linked to a lower production of beta-amyloid plaques as the mice aged.

Researchers believe that apple juice may prevent the decline of a neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit messages to other nerve cells and are crucial for good memory and good brain health. Past studies have shown that when acetylcholine is increased in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s mental decline can be slowed.

Lead researcher Dr. Thomas B. Shea commented on the study stating that:

“These findings provide further evidence linking nutritional and genetic risk factors for age-related neurodegeneration and suggest that regular consumption of apple juice can not only help to keep one’s mind functioning at its best, but may also be able to delay key aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and augment therapeutic approaches.”

In another study by Dr. Shea, completed in 2006, 21 people between the ages of 72-93 with Alzheimer’s were given 4 oz of apple juice twice a day for one month. They found that drinking apple juice, even just three times a week, could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 75%.

Fruit and Alzheimer’s Prevention

As researchers continue to search for a cure for Alzheimer’s, more emphasis is being placed on prevention of the disease. Recent studies show that our everyday lifestyle choices may have more impact on our brain health and Alzheimer’s prevention then family history or genetics.

A study done in 2014 found that fruit containing a compound called fisetin may prevent Alzheimer’s and protect against memory loss. Identified only ten years ago, fisetin has been highly praised for its ability to fight cancer and diabetes and is only now being hailed for its brain boosting powers.

Fruits that contain this super compound include:

  • Apples
  • Mangoes
  • Kiwi
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions

What do you think about the link between apple juice and Alzheimer’s prevention? Will you be adding more apple juice to yours or a loved one’s diet? Share your thoughts on the study in the comments below.

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