Alzheimer's disease is deadly for many older Americans, but it appears diet can be protective. Recent research suggests that we can reduce our risk of getting Alzheimer's disease by drinking fruit or vegetable juice three times a week.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University studied more than 1,800 dementia-free, older, Japanese-Americans in the Seattle area for 10 years. Ethnic Japanese in Japan have much lower Alzheimer rates than the same ethnic group in the U.S., so researchers theorize the difference is related to diet and lifestyle. After controlling for other factors, researchers found that those who reported drinking juices three or more times per week were 76 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those who drank less than one serving a week.
Researchers suspect that polyphenols -- nonvitamin antioxidants that are particularly abundant in teas, juices, and wines -- can delay cognitive loss. More research is planned to confirm these preliminary results and find out which juices have the greatest impact.
For more information on this research, go to: Vanderbilt University.