Alzheimer’s & Apple Juice

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

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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. But now they’re back. After changing their name to the Apple Products Research and Education Council, they funded a new study, in which, instead of dripping apple juice on nerve cells in a petri dish, they had 21 Alzheimer’s 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.

But this was a tiny study, with no placebo control. But hey, there are worse things doctors give them than apple juice. Though if I were going to repeat the study, I’d choose pomegranate or purple grape. Though then, one would miss out on funds from Big Apple.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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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. But now they’re back. After changing their name to the Apple Products Research and Education Council, they funded a new study, in which, instead of dripping apple juice on nerve cells in a petri dish, they had 21 Alzheimer’s 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.

But this was a tiny study, with no placebo control. But hey, there are worse things doctors give them than apple juice. Though if I were going to repeat the study, I’d choose pomegranate or purple grape. Though then, one would miss out on funds from Big Apple.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to Amy Loves Yah / Flickr

 

Doctor's Note

Be sure to check out my other videos on cognition, including Constructing a cognitive portfolio.

For more context, also check out my associated blog post: Alzheimer’s Disease: Up to half of cases potentially preventable.

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  1. Dear Dr. Greger,
    Are there any new studies showing treatments that may help with late stage Alzheimers; particularly Posterior Cortical Atrophy? A friend-of-a-friend of ours was in a bicycle accident 8 years ago, docs kept telling him his roller-coaster of medical issues were all related to “the brain injury”. His decline of late has been severe and has now seen docs who are diagnosing him with Stage 6 PCA. He is in palliative care now and they are using “anti-inflammatory methods” to slow the progression. He is a young man – only in his 50’s. Any light shed would be helpful.
    Thank you!

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