When we look at large populations studies that analyze the eating habits of thousands or even tens of thousands of people over many years or even decades we find consistently that those with the most fruits and vegetables in their diets are less likely to develop memory loss as a result of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
Juicing to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
One such study lead by Dr Qi Dai at the University of Vanderbilt provides strong evidence that drinking FRESH fruit and vegetables juices at least three times a week significantly helps to lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Older Japanese people who live in Japan, Hawaii and Seattle were the subjects of this study and their mental cognition was measured over a period of 10 years. Of the many thousands of Japanese people studied, 1,836 in the Seattle area were 100% free of dementia and about 3/4 of these 1,836 people had one thing in common – they drink fresh fruit and vegetables juices at least three times a week. The total results of the study found that those who drink fruit and vegetable juices at least three times a week were 76% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who drink one or less juices per week.
All though Dr Qi Dai says they have not narrowed down if certain fruit or vegetables juices are better than others he believes this brain/memory protective effect may result from polyphenols, antioxidants that are found abundantly in the skins or all fruits and vegetables.
However, Dr Qi Dai and his colleagues did perform another Alzheimer’s based study that measured the effects of apple juice upon the memory of older mice. In this study, Dr Qi Dai and his team of researchers found that the mice who were given the human equivelent of 2-3 cups of apple juice daily had significantly better ‘mental acuity’
“This new study suggests that eating and drinking apples and apple juice, in conjunction with a balanced diet, can protect the brain from the effects of oxidative stress…there is something in apples and apple juice that protects brain cells in normal aging.”Dr Thomas Shea, University of Massachusetts
Juicing for Memory
So we can conclude from the above evidence that it doesn’t necessarily matter what fruit or vegetable juicing recipes for memory that we drink, just that we drink them at least three times a week. There are also two other important factors for juicing to improve memory naturally -
1) The juices need to be fresh to contain high levels of antioxidants. Commercial juices are way too processed and considerably lower in nutrition content.
2) We need to juice the skins of fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Exceptions to this rule would be non-organic produce in which the skins contain lots of pesticides that contain toxic heavy metals like lead and arsenic which are associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s and memory loss problems developing. For this reason, non-organic produce should be peeled. We should not juice the peel of oranges or grapefruits either as they contain indigestible toxic oils.
Also, the preliminary result of the mice study shows us that we may want to focus a little more on drinking apple juice.
Juicing Recipes for Memory
The following links are for pages with some great fruit and vegetable juicing recipes that can be used for helping maintain a healthy brain and memory.
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