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Alzheimer’s and Apple Juice

Pilot study published on whether apple juice could affect the cognitive performance, day-to-day functioning, mood, or behavior of Alzheimer’s patients.

November 30, 2011 |
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Image thanks to Amy Loves Yah.

 

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What if you or a loved one already has Alzheimer’s? The Processed Apples Institute funded a study suggesting apple juice may help prevent Alzheimer's And now they're back, after changing their name to the Apple Products Research and Education Council, funding funded a new study in which instead of dripping apple juice on nerve cells in a petri dish they had 21 Alzheimers patients drink a cup of apple juice every day for a month to see what would happen. Works in the lab, but does it work in the nursing home?
After a month of apple juice, no change in cognitive performance or day-to-day functioning but they did report improvements in mood and behavior. Less apathy, anxiety, agitation, depression, and delusion. Did seem to hallucinate a bit more though.
Now this was a tiny study with no placebo control—but hey, there are worse things doctors could be giving them then apple juice, though if I was going to repeat the study I’d choose pomegranate or purple grape. Though then you’d miss out on funds from Big Apple.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the videos on cognition (including Constructing a cognitive portfolio).

For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Alzheimer's Disease: Up to half of cases potentially preventable.