An Apple a Day Keeps Alzheimer’s at Bay
Friday, December 18, 2015

The popular slogan of, “An apple a day keeps the doctors away”, seems true in many ways!

While researchers are working day and night to find ways to battle Alzheimer’s, there are things one can do to keep the brain healthy, like eating a balanced diet that includes one fruit in particular.… apples.

Did you know that apples have a variety of health benefits?  Not only are they delicious, but apples contribute to greater bone health, cholesterol depletion, and Alzheimer’s prevention.  A study at Cornell University found a chemical called quercetin protected rat brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.  “An apple a day may supply major bioactive compounds, which may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders,” says Chang Y. “Cy” Lee, Cornell professor of food science.

When shopping for apples, try to choose locally grown organic apples to avoid any pesticides that may be present.  According to an analysis done by the Environmental Working Group, pesticides showed up on 98 percent of more than 700 apple samples tested, even after being washed.  Apples are commonly sprayed with Syngenta Paraquat, a pesticide under scrutiny for a possible link Parkinson’s disease.

Further, we’ve learned that three popular trends to help minimize the risk of Alzheimer’s are diet, physical health and fitness, and companionship. So what should you do? Invite your loved ones over for a fun night of cooking and have a friendly stroll along the beach afterwards. In this, you will experience a healthy meal, along with social and physical activity with your loved ones! This, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, is the key to prevention!

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