Eating More Fruit Can End Alzheimer’s Disease

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Could Alzheimer's disease and age-related Dementia be caused by a fruit deficiency? Researchers weigh in on the importance of plant-based polyphenols and how not eating enough of this nutrient in your food can affect aging and memory.

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Too Many Suffer From Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. It is the only one of the top ten causes of death in the USA for which prevention strategies have not been developed.

Blanketed Approach Needed To End Alzheimer’s Disease

It is becoming increasingly clear that Alzheimer’s involves disruptions in multiple cellular systems. Therefore, it is unlikely that hitting a single target will result in significant benefits to patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Plant Polyphenols Abundant In Fruits

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24341874 A study published in the journal Aging Cell showed that a plant polyphenol called fisetin, which is found abundantly in fruits such as strawberries, apples, mangoes, cucumbers, persimmons, kiwi, peaches, grapes, tomatoes, and onions, may be a groundbreaking preventative strategy in protecting the brain from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and age-related memory loss.

Fruit vs. No Fruit

Researchers used mice that were genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer’s disease. For the study, researchers fed one group water with the polyphenol fisetin in it, where the other group of mice received water without fisetin.

Nine months into the study, the mice that had not received fisetin began to show signs of cognitive decline, while the mice who had consumed fisetin showed no sign of decline.

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Eat More Fruit

These results suggest that fisetin, (or, simply eating more fruit) may be an effective approach to the treatment, and more importantly, the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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