Skip to comments.Pomegranate Juice Could Fight Alzheimer's
Posted on 12/06/2005 2:48:57 PM PST by blam
Week of Dec. 3, 2005
Vol. 168, No. 23 , p. 366
Pomegranate juice could fight Alzheimer's
From Washington, D.C., at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience
Drinking pomegranate juice has been linked to a host of positive health effects, such as reduced risks of heart disease and cancer. Researchers may soon add another benefit to drinking the deep-red drink: slowing progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Richard Hartman of Loma Linda (Calif.) University and his colleagues worked with mice that were genetically predisposed to develop Alzheimer's-like symptoms, including buildups in the brain of a protein called beta-amyloid.
The researchers separated the animals into two groups. Starting at 6 months of age, which is young adulthood in mice, one group had pomegranate-juice concentrate added to its drinking water in amounts that approximated a glass or two of the juice per day for a person. The second group received water without the concentrate but with as much sugar as the juice mix had.
As the mice aged, those receiving pomegranate juice did better in mazes and other tests of learning than did animals that drank the sugar water.
When the researchers examined the animals' brains, the pomegranate-juice group had only about 50 percent as many beta-amyloid deposits, or plaques, as the sugar-water group had.
Hartman credits the results to the high concentration of antioxidants in pomegranates. Such substances neutralize damaging molecules called free radicals. Further research will explore whether the juice has a similar effect against Alzheimer's disease in people, he says.
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Good, I sell it by the 2 liter cheaper than anyone in town.
One problem though: by the time you get to the store you'll forget you were going to buy pomegranate juice! Can't win!
Too late for Daddy but good news all the same.
I have read previous articles detailing cancer preventing abilities of pomegranate.
The ancient people's of crete were obsessed with the stuff, farmers had to bring the king huge jars of it each year.
I saw pomegranate juice in the grocery store the other day, but I had forgotten why I was supposed to buy it. (It could be too late for me.) ;[
They sell it at Ralphs and Trader Joes and its expensive as hell. Then you go down to Wholesome Choice (Middle Eastern store) and you can buy it by the pail much cheaper.
Only use I ever had for a pomegranate was throwing it. They grew around our house but nobody ever ate them or did anything with them. We used to play war and use them as hand grenades and throw them around.
Very cool. I just found a recipe for a Pomegranate Martini that I want to try!
Pome ... what?
Try to remember to eat curry. I've read that the tumeric in it is good of Alzheimer's and Avian Flu too.
After some experimentation I found that the best juicer for a pomegranate is a garlic press. Remove the seeds and press in small batches, removing the filter gunk between squeezes. Time consuming but yields and excellent product.
I hate curry. (I'm doomed.)
We did the same thing around here with Tung Oil Fruit
Farmers were encouraged to plant them for substitute oil for WW2. The war was over before these were ever producing. I know where only one tree is today.
What are your prices? Do you ship?
Them things are hard to extact juice from.....my wife bought one because she wanted to try something exotic and to my mind the thing looked hideous when it was cut open...we both wondered what the hell you do with something like that and I went to Google and asked and got 6-7 pages of how you dissect the damn things and all the crap you have to do to get to whatever was so good.
Now, you're telling me you can buy the stuff in a bottle? Where, what, etc.?
You got it! Wifey and I wanted to try some, but a quart was like the price of Jim Beam, so I settled on the swill.
Pomegranates are great fun, but they're what I call "bath tub food"....so messy, you might as well get nekkid and do the peel-and-eat thing in the tub.
I sell it in 55 gallon drums. You take the lid off and bathe in it. The ultimate Alzheimer's cure
Go to Costco, the prices on pomegranate juice there are much better.
Who comes up with these dumbass studies? Is this supposed to be science?
If the study is correctly designed and controlled and the results analyzed properly, yes, it's science. Hey, what's wrong with finding out how to prevent Alzheimer's? It's a horrible disease.