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Drink apple juice 'to stave off Alzheimer's

Posted Nov 10 2009 10:02pm
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Washington: Want to stave off dementia? Just drink a glass of apple juice daily, says a new study.

Researchers at Massachusetts University have carried out the study and found that fresh apple juice everyday can delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease and various other age-related cognitive decline, the 'Journal of Alzheimer's Disease' reported.

For their study, the researchers carried out a number of laboratory experiments demonstrating that drinking apple juice helped mice perform better than normal in maze trials, and prevented the decline in performance that was otherwise observed as these mice aged.

They found that mice receiving the human equivalent of 2 glasses of apple juice per day for 1 month produced less of a small protein fragment, called "beta-amyloid" that is responsible for forming the "senile plaques" that are commonly found in brains of individuals suffering from Alzheimer's.

"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," lead researcher Thomas Shea said.
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