Pomegranate Juice
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Drinking Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, especially Pomegranate, lowers Alzheimer's Risk By 50 to 70 Percent in New Study.

A new animal study published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease has found that dietary intake of antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may reduce the buildup of harmful proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease by half.  Researchers from Loma Linda University in California believe that Alzheimer's may be caused by the buildup of plaque from deposits associated with brain cell death due to oxidation, called beta-amyloid deposits. Pomegranate juice, which is high in antioxidant polyphenols, may offer protection against the oxidative stress that causes beta-amyloid deposits.

 Richard Hartman of Loma Linda (Calif.) University and his colleagues worked with mice that were genetically
predisposed to develop Alzheimer's-like symptoms, including buildups in the brain of a protein called beta-amyloid. The researchers separated the animals into two groups. Starting at 6 months of age, which is young adulthood in mice, one group had pomegranate-juice concentrate added to its drinking water in amounts that approximated a glass or two of the juice per day for a person. The second group received water without the concentrate but with as much sugar as the juice mix had.

In a study published in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers followed almost 2000 subjects for up to 10 years and found that the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease was reduced by 76% for those who drank fresh fruit and vegetable juices more than 3 times per week compared with those who drank juices less than once per week. A lower reduction (16%) was obtained for juice consumption once or twice per week.

September 1, 2006 - People who drank three or more servings of fresh fruit and vegetable juices per week had a 76 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than those who drank juice less than once per week, according to a large new study. Even drinking fresh juice once or twice per week was found to reduce the risk by 16 percent  "We found that frequent drinking of fresh fruit and vegetable juices was associated with a substantially decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease," said lead author Qi Dai, MD, PhD., assistant professor of Medicine. "These findings are new and suggest that fresh fruit and vegetable juices may play an important role in delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease," he added.  

Professor Dai began to suspect that another class of antioxidant chemicals, known as polyphenols, could play a role. Polyphenols are non-vitamin antioxidants common in the diet and particularly abundant in teas, juices and wines. Most polyphenols exist primarily in the skins and peels of fruits and vegetables. Recent studies have shown that polyphenols (like resveratrol in wine) extend maximum lifespan by 59 percent and delay age-dependent decay of cognitive performance in animal models

"This study is the first to show beneficial effects (both behavioral and neuropathological) of pomegranate juice in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease,' lead researcher Richard Hartman, Loma Linda University, California.
Pomegranate juice shown to halt Alzheimer's disease progression, The study is "Fruit and Vegetable Juices and Alzheimer's Disease: The Kame Project" and appears in The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 119, Issue 9 (September 2006), a themed issue featuring gastroenterology and nutrition, published by Elsevier.
Pomegranate: The Ultimate Health Food, By Robert A. Newman, Ephraim P. Lansky, and Melissa Lynn Block, Pub. Public Health Publications, Inc., 2007

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