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Apple: Brain Food for the Young & Old

Updated on January 2, 2014
Apples can keep more than the doctor away. No need to hunt for the most exotic brain food you can get, when apples can do the job just fine.
Apples can keep more than the doctor away. No need to hunt for the most exotic brain food you can get, when apples can do the job just fine. | Source

We all know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but new studies show that an apple a day may actually keep your brain healthier than ever!

Apples have long been known to be a nutritional powerhouse with various vitamins ranging from Vitamin A, B and C to minerals such as calcium and potassium. They have been known to be cancer-fighting, heart-healthy superfoods, but what is it about apples that now makes them essential brain boosting food? Well, it’s not just about the fiber and the anti-oxidants as we are about to find out.

New research at the University of Massachusetts provide new proof that apples have the capacity to keep cells and neurons healthy despite the process of aging.

“In 21 people with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease who each consumed 236 ml of apple juice a day for a month, behavioural and psychotic symptoms fell by 27%. Patients experienced reductions in anxiety levels, agitation and delusional symptoms.” - H.E Marano, Psychology Today

As we age, our neurons tend to slow down and carry out fewer cognitive functions, thus creating diseases such as alzheimer’s, which is a typically age-related brain disease.

Some findings of the study:

- Components in apples inhibit harmful genes like presenilin-1, which activate during aging and premature alzheimers.

- Apples boost neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, which are critical for movement, sensory perseption and attention.

But research shows that regular intake of apples can prevent, slow down and even completely stop Alzheimer’s in it’s tracks. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, which results in irreversible damage in nerve cells of the brain, is known to cause memory impairment and loss of cognitive functions. Flavonoids found in apples may help reduce neuron damage, and slow down Alzheimer’s. Just two apples a day can significantly cut down the risks of getting Alzheimer’s.

Dreaming in black and white? Apples can not only enhance brain function as we age, but can also boost up creativity.
Dreaming in black and white? Apples can not only enhance brain function as we age, but can also boost up creativity. | Source

Apples also improve the transmission of signals between neurons and maintain proper nerve cell communication.

Components in Apples which make it a great brain food:

Antioxidants: Apples contain high levels of antioxidants which reduce inflammation of neurons in the brain as well as combat oxidative stress cause by free radical damage in brain cells.

Boron: A potent mineral found in apples is known to improve electrical activity in the central nervous system. It stimulates the brain cells and maintains a healthy and active neuron system.

Detoxing: Apple juice is shown to reverse toxin accumulation, as well as reduction of neurotoxins, in a controlled study in mice on a vitamin-poor diet. Apple juice may well be the easiest way to detox your body.

Aging: Apples can be of crucial help to elderly people who often suffer from slowed movements, reduced sensory perception and low attention levels.

Apples, especially apple juice, could possibly be the easiest way to maintain a healthy brain. Two glasses of apple juice a day may keep more than the doctor away.

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    • Joyfulcrown profile image

      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      I try to eat 1 or 2 apples a week, but I enjoy bananas more. Thanks for the informative hub. I will try to eat more apples.

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      Amanda 3 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I wish I liked apples more than I do because they're certainly useful to the body! Nice hub!

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      Diana L Pierce 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      It's so hard to find good sweet apples here, but when I can I eat one everyday. The energy level alone is worth indulging in this super fruit.