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Nutrients That Could 'Treat' Alzheimer's?

Posted Jan 19 2010 4:02pm

We know that Juice Plus+ contains nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables, but this in no way assumes that because MIT scientists have seen promise using nutrients as a way to treat Alzheimer's, that Juice Plus+ could also be a use for that purpose*.

Nutrients from various fruits, vegetables, and berries could help treat Alzheimer's according to a discovery made by scientists at MIT (Massachusettes Institute of Technology). While Juice Plus + contains nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables, is it possible that it too could help at least prevent Alzheimer's? Time and studies may tell. Here's more from the help that nutrients may provide in not just prevention, but treatment (the next best thing to a 'cure', a word which can't be used without extremely strict guidelines!) --

The earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) are marked by a major loss of the brain connections needed to process information and to retain memory. While there are drug therapies used to help delay progression of AD, those medications are loaded with side effects and, if they work at all, the effects only last for the short term. Eventually the disease continues to rob those with Alzheimer's of their memory, thinking ability and quality of life. But scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have recently discovered that a combination of naturally occurring nutrients ( Juice Plus+ contains nutrients from fruits and vegetables...?) could do what Big Pharma drugs can't. In research just published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia, the nutrient mix stimulated the growth of new brain connections, technically known as synapses -- and the supplements were shown to have potential to improve memory in Alzheimer's patients.

Richard Wurtman, the Cecil H.Green Distinguished Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, did the basic research that led to the new experimental treatment and was part of the research team that conducted the clinical trial. Wurtman believes loss of synapses is the root cause of Alzheimer's disease. In previous animal studies, Wurtman has found that specific nutrients boost the number of dendritic spines (small outcroppings of neural membranes) and, when those spines contact other neurons, the formation of new synapses takes place. "If you can increase the number of synapses by enhancing their production, you might to some extent avoid that loss of cognitive ability (in Alzheimer's)," he said in a statement to the media.

To test this idea, the research team conducted a clinical trial involving 225 Alzheimer's disease patients. The scientists used a cocktail of three nutrients (uridine, choline and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA) found in breast milk and certain foods plus other ingredients (B vitamins, phosopholipids and antioxidants). Uridine (a nutrient in beets and molasses), choline (found in egg yolks and wheat germ) and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (one of the two long-chain omega-3s in fish such as salmon) are known to be precursors to the fatty molecules that make up brain cell membranes which form synapses. ( source... )

Bottom Line: You can't go wrong eating a diet that is rich in colorful, variety of ripened, raw fruits and vegetables. There are other foods that are important as well to be sure you're getting your Omega 3s, Vitamin D, Calcium, and proteins. But for nutrients that are most important for prevention, fruits and vegetables come first.

The Health & Wellness Institute, PC
Official Juice Plus + Independent Distributor

*Only substances that have been designated a 'drug' by the FDA are intended for the purpose of treatment of medical conditions. Juice PLus+ is not a drug and is therefore not intended for the treatment of any healthy condition.

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