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Age-related memory improvement linked with consumption of apple products
U.S. Apple Association ^ | 23-Jan-2006 | Wendy Davis

Posted on 01/30/2006 5:24:16 AM PST by AdmSmith

"An apple a day" now has new meaning for those who want to maintain mental dexterity as they age. New research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell suggests that consuming apple juice may protect against cell damage that contributes to age-related memory loss, even in test animals that were not prone to developing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

"This new study suggests that eating and drinking apples and apple juice, in conjunction with a balanced diet, can protect the brain from the effects of oxidative stress – and that we should eat such antioxidant-rich foods," notes lead researcher Thomas B. Shea, Ph.D., director of the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Center for Cellular Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration Research, whose study was just published in the latest issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Although more research is needed, Shea is excited about these brain health findings, which are encouraging for all individuals who are interested in staying mentally sharp as they age.

Using a well-established animal protocol, Shea and his research colleagues assessed whether consumption of apple juice was protective against oxidative brain damage in aging mice, damage that can lead to memory loss. "These newer findings show that there is something in apples and apple juice that protects brain cells in normal aging, much like the protection we previously saw against Alzheimer-like symptoms," says Shea.

The researchers evaluated adult and aged mice using a standard diet, a nutrient-deficient diet, and a nutrient-deficient diet supplemented with apple juice concentrate in drinking water. Although the adult mice tested were not affected negatively by the deficient diets, the aged mice were, which is consistent with normal aging due to oxidative neurodegeneration. The effect on cognition among the aged mice was measured through well-established maze tests, followed by an examination of brain tissue. However, the aged mice who consumed the diets supplemented with apple juice performed significantly better on the maze tests and all had less oxidative brain damage than those on the standard diet.

Supplementation by apple juice fully protected the aged mice from the oxidative stress caused by the nutrient-deficient diet. In addition, stronger mental acuity resulted when the aged mice consumed the human equivalent of 2-3 cups of apple juice or approximately 2-4 apples per day. "We believe that this effect is due to the apple's naturally high level of antioxidants," states Shea. Previous research with his colleagues also determined that it is not the sugar and energy content of the apple juice, but the antioxidant attributes of apple juice that are responsible for the positive effects.

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This study was sponsored through an unrestricted grant by the U.S. Apple Association and the Apple Products Research and Education Council.

The research abstract can be found at http://www.j-alz.com/issues/8/vol8-3.html.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: alzheimer; apple; fruit; memory; neurology
Steve J, do not forget your apple when dealing with Disney!
1 posted on 01/30/2006 5:24:18 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith

THis is for me: I down at least one Empire, MacIntosh, Golden Delicious or Granny Smith every single day.


2 posted on 01/30/2006 5:26:53 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: ExcursionGuy84

I want to know what that One Reporter's Opinion guy, George Putnam does. He is in his 90's and still has his wits about him.


3 posted on 01/30/2006 5:28:45 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: AdmSmith

Well, whaddya know!


4 posted on 01/30/2006 5:30:21 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Freedom isn't free, but the men and women of the military will pay most of your share)
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To: AdmSmith

So, if I eat my iPod, I'll be healthy?........


5 posted on 01/30/2006 5:32:14 AM PST by Red Badger (...I will bless them that bless thee and those who curse thee I will turn into Liberals..........)
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To: sauropod

Revising grocery list now. Hope it's not too late. ;D


6 posted on 01/30/2006 5:33:01 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: AdmSmith
"Age-related memory improvement linked with consumption of apple products"

In other news , Apple Computer stock soars on news of Apple products' memory enhancing capabilities. Apple Computer spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

7 posted on 01/30/2006 5:33:48 AM PST by afnamvet
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To: hellinahandcart

ok, I'll go buy my apples today used the last one up yesterday.


8 posted on 01/30/2006 5:34:28 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: hellinahandcart
Revising grocery list now. Hope it's not too late. ;D

Don't forget...

9 posted on 01/30/2006 5:35:03 AM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: AdmSmith

hmmm...."U.S. Apple Association and the Apple Products Research and Education Council. "

btw - I had an apple last night and now I can't remember what I did with the knife I used to cut it. ;~ )


10 posted on 01/30/2006 5:37:27 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: hellinahandcart

I would but cant remeber where I put list.


11 posted on 01/30/2006 5:37:30 AM PST by buckeyesailor
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To: AdmSmith

I know I had an apple around her somewhere, If I could just remember where I put it.


12 posted on 01/30/2006 5:39:45 AM PST by NavVet (“Benedict Arnold was wounded in battle fighting for America, but no one remembers him for that.”)
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To: AdmSmith
Ha!! I knew all those apple martini's were good for me!

;o)
13 posted on 01/30/2006 5:39:50 AM PST by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: Red Badger
So, if I eat my iPod, I'll be healthy?

Probably not. The battery would most likely give you an O'D with it's metals & ionic elements, not to mention silicon could be somewhat destructive to DNA strands.

14 posted on 01/30/2006 5:40:03 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: AdmSmith

Sorry. Meryl Streep says we're killing our children with poison on apples, so we've stopped eating them. (Remember her testifying on The Hill? LOL!)

"Movie Stars. *Sigh* Is there anything they DON'T know?" - Homer Simpson


15 posted on 01/30/2006 5:40:38 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: LIConFem

"Shaken, not Stirred."


16 posted on 01/30/2006 5:40:44 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: NavVet

Looks like it's too late for you and me--LOL!


17 posted on 01/30/2006 5:45:55 AM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: nuconvert
I had an apple last night and now I can't remember what I did with the knife I used to cut it.

They let you use a knife?? LUCKY!!!

18 posted on 01/30/2006 5:48:40 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: nuconvert
This study was sponsored through an unrestricted grant by the U.S. Apple Association

all the apples you can chew!
19 posted on 01/30/2006 5:50:36 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith

An apple a day keeps the -- I forget.


20 posted on 01/30/2006 5:51:32 AM PST by The Red Zone
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To: AdmSmith

Like I tell my kids, there's a reason Alex Trebek doesn't do a "Senior Jeopardy." It would be too awkard to have the first contestant spend half an hour saying "What is... umm, wait, it's right on the tip of my tongue...."


21 posted on 01/30/2006 5:58:59 AM PST by MajorityOfOne
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To: Graymatter

"They let you use a knife?? LUCKY!!!"

Only on Sundays


22 posted on 01/30/2006 5:59:26 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: ExcursionGuy84
It's not really the apple you know..

In a few years they will tell you it's actually the ALAR that's responsible..

23 posted on 01/30/2006 6:41:30 AM PST by Drammach (In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king..)
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To: ExcursionGuy84

So you only have to up your intake by 1-3 apples to replicate the results of the study.

I'm always a little leery about studies funded by an industry group that find that an increase in sales...er...consumption has a medical benefit.


24 posted on 01/30/2006 6:47:48 AM PST by wildbill
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To: wildbill
I'm always a little leery about studies funded by an industry group that find that an increase in sales...er...consumption has a medical benefit.


Yes, but as long as it is diclosed it is OK such as this:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-05/acs-otp051104.php
Orange, tangerine peels could be better than drugs for lowering cholesterol

USDA's Citrus and Subtropical Products Laboratory in Winter Haven, Fla., and KGK Synergize Inc. provided funding for this study.
25 posted on 01/30/2006 7:02:43 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: wildbill
So you only have to up your intake by 1-3 apples to replicate the results of the study

That is, IF, I were consuming apples solely for the purpose of the study.

26 posted on 01/30/2006 7:08:20 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: The Red Zone
An apple a day keeps the -- I forget

That's okay--I don't. ;)

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

27 posted on 01/30/2006 7:09:51 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: wildbill

Who would you have do the funding?


28 posted on 01/30/2006 8:46:46 AM PST by From many - one.
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To: From many - one.

Every year the universities sponsor studies of everything from how babies are potty-trained to the sex life of frogs.

True, sometimes the funding is from government or industry sources, but which is better from an independent point of view?


29 posted on 01/30/2006 10:05:02 AM PST by wildbill
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To: AdmSmith

"This study was sponsored through an unrestricted grant by the U.S. Apple Association and the Apple Products Research and Education Council. "

A smidgen of credibility just went away...


30 posted on 01/30/2006 10:07:42 AM PST by NormB (Yes, but watch your cookies!!)
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To: NormB

Do not judge them too hard. I am pretty sure that they would have had he same result if they were sponsored by Coca Cola or a company producing juice equipment or NIH.


31 posted on 01/30/2006 1:31:16 PM PST by AdmSmith
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To: Coleus

http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/060406_old_optimism.html

Optimism Comes with Age

By Robert Roy Britt

LiveScience Managing Editor

posted: 06 April 2006

02:11 pm ET

People tend to see the glass half full more frequently as they age, new research indicates.

Researchers showed test subjects virtual faces portraying sadness, anger, fear and happiness. They used eye-tracking technology to record which faces the subjects looked at and for how long.

Test subjects age 18-21 focused on the fear faces. Those 57 to 84 zeroed in on the happy faces and avoided the angry ones.

The participants were screened for cognitive ability—all were sharp.

What's it mean? Perhaps with their time on Earth getting shorter, people tend to focus on things that make them feel good now, the researchers figure. Whatever the reason, they seem motivated to avoid focusing on negative information.

"The study suggests that the way individuals in late life process information enables them to stay on an even emotional keel and feel good," said study leader Derek Isaacowitz of Brandeis University. "By focusing more on positive things and avoiding negative ones, older adults are able to maintain emotional resilience, which becomes acutely important in the face of dwindling time."

The study is detailed in the journal Psychology and Aging.


32 posted on 04/22/2006 1:34:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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