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Pomegranate Juice Could Fight Alzheimer's
Science News Online ^ | 12-6-2005 | Christen Brownlee

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

Christen Brownlee

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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KEYWORDS: alzheimers; could; fight; health; healthcare; juice; medicine; pomegranate

1 posted on 12/06/2005 2:48:58 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Good, I sell it by the 2 liter cheaper than anyone in town.


2 posted on 12/06/2005 2:49:59 PM PST by zencat (The universe is not what it appears, nor is it something else.)
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To: blam

One problem though: by the time you get to the store you'll forget you were going to buy pomegranate juice! Can't win!


3 posted on 12/06/2005 2:50:21 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: blam

Too late for Daddy but good news all the same.


4 posted on 12/06/2005 2:50:56 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: blam

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.


5 posted on 12/06/2005 2:51:41 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: blam

BTTT


6 posted on 12/06/2005 2:51:45 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: blam

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.) ;[


7 posted on 12/06/2005 2:54:22 PM PST by Ditter
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To: zencat
Good, I sell it by the 2 liter cheaper than anyone in town.

They sell it at Ralph’s and Trader Joe’s and it’s 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.

8 posted on 12/06/2005 2:55:11 PM PST by Who dat?
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To: Who dat?

Very cool. I just found a recipe for a Pomegranate Martini that I want to try!


9 posted on 12/06/2005 2:56:43 PM PST by ninergold3 (aka GiantsPrincess)
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To: blam

Pome ... what?


10 posted on 12/06/2005 2:57:25 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Ditter
"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.) ;["

Try to remember to eat curry. I've read that the tumeric in it is good of Alzheimer's and Avian Flu too.

11 posted on 12/06/2005 2:58:54 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

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.


12 posted on 12/06/2005 2:58:56 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: blam

I hate curry. (I'm doomed.)


13 posted on 12/06/2005 3:04:50 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Who dat?
"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."

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.


14 posted on 12/06/2005 3:05:22 PM PST by blam
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To: zencat

What are your prices? Do you ship?


15 posted on 12/06/2005 3:10:52 PM PST by gaijin
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To: zencat

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.?


16 posted on 12/06/2005 3:13:49 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Who dat?
They sell it at Ralph’s and Trader Joe’s and it’s expensive as hell.

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.

17 posted on 12/06/2005 3:14:33 PM PST by ErnBatavia (403-3)
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To: blam
Oprah.com
Oprah's Pomegranate Martini
Recipe courtesy of Oprah Winfrey
From the show Oprah and Rachael Ray
Throw a Holiday Party
Serves 2

Review This Recipe

Oprah's Pomegranate Martini Oprah loves martinis—and this is one of her favorites!

INGREDIENTS

Shake ingredients in a shaker and put in chilled martini glasses. Put pomegranate fruit into glass as garnish.
18 posted on 12/06/2005 3:26:58 PM PST by MRMEAN (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress;but I repeat myself. Mark Twain)
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To: zencat
Good, I sell it by the 2 liter cheaper than anyone in town.

I sell it in 55 gallon drums. You take the lid off and bathe in it. The ultimate Alzheimer's cure

19 posted on 12/06/2005 3:29:11 PM PST by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: Who dat?

Go to Costco, the prices on pomegranate juice there are much better.


20 posted on 12/06/2005 3:31:34 PM PST by Serb5150 (God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart -Izaak Walton)
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To: blam

Who comes up with these dumbass studies? Is this supposed to be science?


21 posted on 12/06/2005 3:47:14 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: blam
I've seen it in the store, but it's so expensive. Is it any good? If a few FReepers say it's OK I'll try it.
22 posted on 12/06/2005 3:47:53 PM PST by manwiththehands ("Attack (Democrats) until they stop twitching and then attack some more." -J. Peter Mulhern)
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To: ErnBatavia
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.

Back in my yoot, I used it to make Singapore Slings. You should be able to find some recipes to mix it with your Jim Beam here .
23 posted on 12/06/2005 4:09:48 PM PST by caveat emptor
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To: dr_who_2

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.


24 posted on 12/06/2005 4:10:49 PM PST by Capriole (I don't have any problems that can't be solved by more chocolate or more ammunition.)
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To: Capriole
Great, I'll conduct a correctly designed and controlled study (with all the proper analysis) to determine if york peppermint patties prevent alzheimers. Next, I'll try carrot juice with and without a twist of lemon. If 1.5 lab rats show an improvement, I'm going to the press!

As for Alzheimers, I'm all for it. Don't ever imply that I'm not. The disease that is, not the cure. That and pomegranate juice.
25 posted on 12/06/2005 7:51:29 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: blam
Sometimes I am given a box of pomegranates by grateful clients with pomegranate orchards. I have never had the slightest idea what to do with these unlikely looking fruits.


26 posted on 12/06/2005 8:02:30 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: caveat emptor
That looks like a nice place...

over there

27 posted on 12/07/2005 5:58:51 AM PST by ErnBatavia (403-3)
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To: blam
How long till GNC sells a Pomegranate supplement? I'll buy it :)

sw

28 posted on 12/07/2005 6:02:46 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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