Apple juice may delay Alzheimer's

A new study has found drinking apple juice may prevent cognitive decline in some people, which could be seen as a way to delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts studied the effects of drinking apple juice on mice and saw the animals performed better than normal in maze trails when compared to mice who were not given the juice to drink prior to the trial.

Dr Thomas B Shea, who led the study, said the findings provided more evidence into possible treatments for the debilitating disease in the future.

"These findings provide further evidence linking nutritional and genetic risk factors for age-related neurodegeneration," Shea said.

In the study, mice who received the equivalent of two glasses of apple juice per day for a month produced less beta-amyloid in their brain.

Apple juice may delay Alzheimer's Past research has found increasing evidence the protein may be linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease in some people.

However those who do not particularly enjoy the taste of the tart refreshment may want to regularly take brisk walks or some form of exercise to increase blood flow to the brain and slow the development of Alzheimer's, the Calgary Herald reports.

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