in apples prevents Alzheimer's disease, says study
latest on new research showing that
apple polyphenols helps prevent
neurodegenerative disorders such as
Alzheimer's disease. Interestingly, the study recommends eating fresh
apples, but the it was
an apple polyphenol extract
that produced the reported results. Be sure to read the related article,
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- A new study has found that an antioxidant abundant
in apples and some other fruits and vegetables protects
brain cells against oxidative stress, a
tissue-damaging process associated with Alzheimer's and other neuro degenerative disorders.
- The study substantiates other recent animal studies, that the risk of
developing Alzheimer's and similar diseases may be reduced by dietary
intervention, particularly by increasing one's intake of antioxidant-rich
- "On the basis of serving size, fresh
apples have some of the highest
levels of [the antioxidant] quercetin when compared to other fruits and
vegetables and may be among the best food choices for fighting
Alzheimer's," C.Y. Lee, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of
Food Science & Technology at Cornell University, was quoted as saying.
- "People should eat more
apples, especially fresh ones," Lee says.
- He cautions that protection against Alzheimer's using any food product
is currently theoretical and adds that genetics and environment are also
believed to play a role in the disease.
- Fresh apples are a good source of
quercetin, an anti oxidant than
cooked or processed apple products because the compound is mainly
concentrated in the skin
of apples rather than the flesh.