As you age, two things become more important than anything else: maintaining your independence and holding onto your precious memories. That’s why Alzheimer’s disease is so devastating: It robs you of your memory and of your ability to be independent.
But according to a recent study, you can keep your brain sharp long into your “golden years” – thanks to an antioxidant “goldmine” fruit known as the pomegranate!
We already consider pomegranates “superfruits” – not only because they’re loaded with antioxidants, but also because they can reverse aging in your muscles and may even stop cancer cells from spreading !
And now this latest Australian study found that eating pomegranates – an ancient Middle Eastern fruit filled with jewel-like, ruby-red seeds – can protect against many of the abnormal brain changes associated with the development of Alzheimer’s.
We still have a lot to learn about what causes Alzheimer’s, but we do know that the disease is linked to at least three abnormalities in the brain: inflammation, the loss of what’s known as “synaptic structure” (which is important for memory), and the formation of brain “plaques” and “tangles” made of excess proteins called beta amyloid.
After 15 months, the researchers found that supplementing the normal diets of mice with pomegranate extract actually shielded their brains from those three Alzheimer’s-related irregularities.
The pomegranate group saw their brain inflammation reduced… their synaptic structures maintained… and less precursor proteins accumulating to form amyloid plaques.
That’s promising evidence that getting enough pomegranate over a prolonged period of time may protect against brain plaques forming in the first place!
And not just in mice – but in humans, too.
With one in 10 people over 65 living with the disease, you may worry that your “senior moments” of forgetfulness will become full-blown Alzheimer’s down the road.
So, if you or someone you love is having a few too many “brain burps,” it’s time to add some delicious and refreshing pomegranate to your diet.
Fresh pomegranates can be found all year long at health food stores. Sprinkle some onto a salad or Greek yogurt for a pop of colour and a juicy burst of natural sweetness.
Or you can drink your pomegranate, too – just make sure it’s 100 per cent juice and not loaded with sugars or fillers.
You can also find pomegranate supplements in capsule form at your local health food store.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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Consumption of pomegranates improves synaptic function in a transgenic mice model of Alzheimer’s disease, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27486879
5 Changes Alzheimer’s Makes to the Brain, newsmax.com/FastFeatures/Alzheimer-s-brain/2016/06/07/id/732799/