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May 18, 2017

By Susan Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist




Amid the barrage of ads on TV for various costly
pharmaceutical drugs, you will never see this --- drinking
certain common fruit and vegetable juices actually cuts your
risk for Alzheimer's disease by 76%.  Could this be true?

The incidence of Azheimer's increases after age 65. By age 80,
at least 50% of people have some form of dementia, with
Alzheimer's accounting for 80% of these cases. But why do
some of us get Alzheimer's and others escape this fate?  
Scientists have performed many studies over the past 80 years
to try to solve the puzzle of what exactly causes Alzheimer's in
some people and not others. Now, an intriguing finding has
emerged from a study that suggests that a key difference
between those who get Alzheimer's and those who escape this
degeneratibe conditon is the amount of fruit and vegetable
juice they drink.



Drinking Fruit and Vegetable Juice Lowers Your Risk for
Alzheimer's By
76%

Scientists have long suspected that diet plays a major role in
determining who gets Alzheimer's disease. They have
observed, for example, that the incidence of Alzheimer's
disease in Japanese who live in Japan is quite low, while the
incidence of Alzheimer's disease of Japanese who live in the
United States is much higher.

In 2006, a team of scientists led by Dr. Qui Dai of Vanderbilt
School of Medicine and Dr. Amy Borenstein of the University of
South Florida set out to closely examine how the dietary habits
of Japanese living in Seattle, Washington affected their risk for
developing Alzheimer's disease.

They gathered dietary information from 1836 people over a
two year period from 1992 to 1994. All of the participants were
free of dementia at the start of the study. The participants had
an average age of 71.8 years.

At the end of an average of 6.3 years, 81 of the participants
had developed Alzheimer's disease.

A closer look revealed that those who did not develop
Alzheimer's drank far more fruit and vegetable juice than those
who developed the disease.

In fact, those who drank fruit or vegetable juice at least 3
times per week had an astounding 76% lower incidence of
Alzheimer's, when compared to those who drink little or no
juice.


Why Does Drinking Fruit and Vegetable Juice Protect Your
Brain Against Alzheimer's?




























No one knows exactly what causes Alzheimer's disease. But
scientists have found some very promising clues.

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by the presence of β-
amyloid  plaques in the brain and tangles which damage
neurons.

It turns out the key chemical needed to trigger the formation of
the plaques is hydrogen peroxide, the common bleach found in
most households. As the scientist noted, there is growing
evidence that hydrogen peroxide  is responsible for enabling
the damage caused by β-amyloid peptide.

Our bodies produce hydrogen peroxide as a byproduct of many
chemical reactions.  We need antioxidants to neutralize the
damaging effects of hydrogen peroxide in our bodies.

That's where fruits and vegetable juice come into play. Fruits
and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, notably polyphenols
and Vitamins.  The polyphenols, in particular, are of crucial
importance in battling against hydrogen peroxide.

For example, mammalian cells exposed to amyloid compounds
resisted oxidative damage once apple juice was introduced,
according to a 2004 study from University of Massachusetts
Lowell.  Apple juice, rich in a polyphenol called quercetin
provided a strong protective effect against hydrogen peroxide
oxidation.

In fact, quercetin from apple juice actually provides more
neuroprotection than vitamin C.


The Antioxidants from Apples and Citrus Juices Easily Cross the
Blood-Brain Barrier

To protect your brain from the ravages of hydrogen peroxide,
polyphenols must be able to cross the blood brain barrier.  

The polyphenols from apple juice and citrus juice have this
ability. Numerous studies have found that the polyphenols such
as quercetin found in apple juice and citrus juice easily cross
the blood-brain barrier.

In addition to quercetin, other polyphenols in fruit and
vegetable juices have neuroprotective properties. One such
polyphenol is hesperidin, found in high levels in citrus fruits.  

Hesperidin easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and "can
protect the neurons against various types of insult associated
with neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease,
Parkinson's disease and Huntingdon's disease", according to a
study led by scientists from University of Messina in Italy.

Is Fresh Juice Better Than Frozen Juice in Protecting Against
Alzheimer's?


Fresh is always better for your health, right? Wrong. When it
comes to fruits and vegetable juice, scientists have detecting
higher levels of polyphenols in commercially available juices,
which are prepared using frozen concentrate. The reason the
frozen concentrate has higher levels of antioxidants is because,
during processing, pulp and fragments of peels often are mixed
in with the juice. The peels have the highest levels of certain
antioxidants.
































































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