The old adage of an apple a day keeps the doctor away still has some validity, but what about apple juice? New research has discovered that drinking apple juice three times a week helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and heart disease.
A neurobiologist, Dr. Thomas Shea and his research team at the University of Massachusetts topped off 10 years of studying apples’ effects on brain health. They used test tubes, Petri dishes, and mice for years. Then finally they confirmed their findings with a human clinical trial.
For the research, 21 AD patients from ages 72 to 93 were fed four ounces of apple juice twice daily for thirty days. There were improvements with memory as well as the negative emotional moods normally associated with AD victims.
Dr. Shea concluded that by drinking apple juice only three times per week, you would reduce your chances of Alzheimer’s by 75%. And there are other benefits. Other animal studies have demonstrated that apples protect the heart, increase lipid metabolism, and reduce inflammation.
A Florida State University study by Dr. Bahram Arjmandi, involving several women aged 45 to 65, discovered that a heavy diet of apples reduced LDL in the women by 23% in six months. The women also lost three and a half pounds on average.
How to Juice Apples Yourself
Don’t bother with store-bought pasteurized apple juice; organic raw and unfiltered apple juice is better. But the best way to go is juicing just enough apples to drink at one sitting each time. Since Big Ag apples top the list of the “dirty dozen” (the 12 most sprayed foods), you should invest in organic apples.
Often, locally-grown, small orchard apples are not sprayed with toxic pesticides, but they are not USDA certified organic. This is often due to the time and money it takes to get that approval. So locally grown could be a solution for less expensive non-toxic apples if you are assured they are not sprayed.
Invest in a Juicer
A slow-speed masticating juicer is recommended. It can be single auger (masticating screw) or double auger. You can Google slow-speed masticating juicers and shop for what works for you. This is a worthwhile investment if you intend to do any juicing. I’ve been very pleased with my Omega single auger juicer with its 15 year parts guarantee.
This type of juicer eliminates the extra fiber that inhibits rapid absorption while concentrating the juice of several items in one drink and preserving the enzymes that a high speed juicer may destroy. And it’s easy to clean.
Do not peel the apples. Cut them into pieces small enough for the juicer and include the core, seeds and all. Adding a small piece of peeled ginger root into the juicer adds more inflammatory protection. A freshly squeezed lemon can be added also. This should be done at least three times a week.
Early Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Symptoms
It’s best to launch a three prong attack if confusion, fog, and memory loss is creeping in as a matter of daily life. The apple juice approach is good, but it may not be enough if symptoms have set in strongly.
Orthomolecular medical doctors specialize in treating with high-dose vitamin and mineral supplements, such as IV mega-dose vitamin C. They have had a good deal of success with all types of brain issues using large doses of niacin, aka vitamin B3. It helps generate ATP for cellular energy.