Could Eating Grapes in Chapel Hill Cut Your Risk of Alzheimer’s?

April 4, 2017

A pilot study performed by the University of California at Los Angeles has found significant changes in Alzheimer’s patients after eating grapes daily. Scientists found the grapes boosted attention, working memory performance and protected against the decline in the brain. The study found growing evidence that grapes are beneficial in neurologic and cardiovascular health. Grapes have polyphenols that promote antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Some of the research suggests grapes support brain health by reducing oxidative stress, promoting healthy blood flow, exerting anti-inflammatory effects and maintaining levels of a key brain chemical that promotes memory.

Researchers studied a small group of people with the average age of 72 who were suffering from memory decline. The group was given two cups of grape powder a day or a placebo powder. Cognitive performance was measured at the start of the trial and again six months later. The results showed that eating grapes preserved healthy activity in the regions of the brain that are normally slow due to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The grapes also showed beneficial changes in the brain with improvements in cognition and working memory performance. Those taking the placebo had significant metabolic decline in the critical regions of the brain after six months.

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