Apple juice can delay onset of Alzhemier’s

January 23rd, 2009 - 5:25 pm ICT by IANS  

University of MassachusettsWashington, Jan 23 (IANS) Drinking apple juice helped mice deliver above average performances in maze trials, which maintained the same level of mental fitness that was otherwise observed as these mice aged.Thomas B. Shea, of the Centre for Cellular Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts, and his team showed that mice receiving human equivalent of two glasses of apple juice daily for a month produced less of “beta-amyloid,” responsible for forming plaques, commonly found in Alzheimer’s disease, said a Massachusetts release.

Shea commented that “these findings provide further evidence linking nutritional and genetic risk factors for age-related neuro degeneration and suggest that regular consumption of apple juice not only can 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.”

The study was published in the January issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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