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Juice could help stave off Alzheimer's: study
ChannelNewsAsia ^ | 01 September 2006

Posted on 08/31/2006 11:07:04 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Drinking fruit or vegetable juice several times a week could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

The nine-year study involving nearly 2,000 people, led by Professor Qi Dai of Tennessee's Vanderbilt University, showed that the risk of developing Alzheimer's - a degenerative brain disease that affects a person's memory, thinking and mood - was cut by 76 percent among those who drank fruit or vegetable juice more than three times a week.

Among those who drank juice once a week, the risk was reduced by 16 percent.

The study focused on 1,836 dementia-free people in Seattle, Washington beginning in 1991. They were tracked by questionnaires on their lifestyle and eating habits, as well as by cognitive function tests that were conducted every two years.

Although the scientific community had long thought that antioxidant vitamins like vitamins C and E or carotene had protective benefits against Alzheimer's, the study confirmed their belief that "there was maybe something else," Dai said, pointing to polyphenols, natural antioxidants found in juice, tea and wine.

"Animal studies and cell culture studies confirmed that some polyphenols from juices showed a stronger neuroprotective effect than antioxidant vitamins. So we are now looking at polyphenols," Dai said.

The study did not indicate whether some types of juice were more beneficial than others.

The study was part of a larger research project examining Alzheimer's disease in Japan, Hawaii and Seattle.

The illness affects some 4.5 million Americans and nearly 5.4 million people in Western Europe.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alzheimer; antiaging; nutrition

1 posted on 08/31/2006 11:07:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Coincidental or causal?


2 posted on 08/31/2006 11:08:43 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (If you build it, they won't come...)
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To: nickcarraway

What would there be in juice that wouldn't be in the fruit or vegetable itself?


4 posted on 08/31/2006 11:10:58 AM PDT by twigs
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To: nickcarraway

Tired of these anecdotal offerings. . .I would bet Reagan drank Californina orange juice every morning. . .


5 posted on 08/31/2006 11:11:07 AM PDT by cricket (Live Liberal free. . .or suffer their consequences. . .)
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To: nickcarraway

Pass the V8.


6 posted on 08/31/2006 11:11:27 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: nickcarraway

Do Bloody Mary's count?


7 posted on 08/31/2006 11:11:41 AM PDT by ShadowDancer (No autopsy, no foul.)
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To: nickcarraway
Damn! I keep forgetting to drink my juice.
8 posted on 08/31/2006 11:12:02 AM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: nickcarraway

Only if it has vodka in it.


9 posted on 08/31/2006 11:12:34 AM PDT by livius
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To: nickcarraway

I should be all set then. I LOVE o.j. and V8 juice.


10 posted on 08/31/2006 11:13:12 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: cricket

That's the difference between "could help reduce risk" and "will prevent". There seems to be a lot of factors that go into alzheimers, not the least of which is genetic, I doubt they'll ever come up with the magic formula to prevent it entirely.


11 posted on 08/31/2006 11:15:27 AM PDT by discostu (you must be joking son, where did you get those shoes)
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To: nickcarraway

12 posted on 08/31/2006 11:18:09 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman now have a zero chance of developing Alzheimers.


13 posted on 08/31/2006 11:21:41 AM PDT by Sloth ('It Takes A Village' is problematic when you're raising your child in Sodom.)
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To: twigs

That was my thought. But they probably just ran the study with juice and not with fresh fruit and vegetables.


14 posted on 08/31/2006 11:35:24 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: cricket
Tired of these anecdotal offerings. . .I would bet Reagan drank Californina orange juice every morning. . .

What a strange comment. The "offering" was a statistical study, and your attempted counterexample of Reagan's speculative orange juice consumption is anecdotal even if true.

15 posted on 08/31/2006 11:37:06 AM PDT by Poincare
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To: nickcarraway
The study focused on 1,836 dementia-free people in Seattle, Washington

Based on voting patterns alone, I question their ability to find that many dementia-free people in Seattle.

16 posted on 08/31/2006 11:46:16 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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To: msnimje
"keep forgetting"

Prune Juice for dual use and then you can get some of those memory pills.

17 posted on 08/31/2006 11:47:40 AM PDT by Deguello
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To: nickcarraway

How about just eating fruit and vegetables? Wouldn't that work too?


18 posted on 08/31/2006 11:47:55 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: nickcarraway
How about a good Chardonnay or Pinot Noire ... will that work?
19 posted on 08/31/2006 11:50:45 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: nickcarraway
...polyphenols, natural antioxidants found in juice, tea and wine.

The study did not indicate whether some types of juice were more beneficial than others.

The study also did not indicate whether juice (or fruits or veggies) were as rich in polyphenols as tea and wine. Green tea is especially known for its polyphenol content -- and chocolate is also laden with polyphenols. Mmmmmmmm, healthy food.....

20 posted on 08/31/2006 11:55:31 AM PDT by shezza (God bless our military heroes)
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To: nickcarraway

"The study focused on 1,836 dementia-free people in Seattle, Washington beginning in 1991." Mean age of what?... Eighteen?


21 posted on 08/31/2006 12:05:15 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Absolut .. ely


22 posted on 08/31/2006 12:06:11 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: shezza

Maybe they'll come up with a chocolatini! Or is there alreaady one out there?


23 posted on 08/31/2006 12:10:02 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
A daily dose of chocolate, wine, other healthy foods could add years to your life....

Here's a new recipe for heart disease prevention: Grab a handful of dark chocolate, a couple of almonds, some fruits and vegetables, and a sprinkle of garlic. Wash it all down with a glass of wine. Do this every day, and researchers say you'll cut your risk of heart disease by a whopping 76%.

The diet, dubbed the "Polymeal," is a combination of foods that have been individually shown to reduce one's risk of heart disease.

- The Polymeal: Recipe for a Healthy Heart


24 posted on 08/31/2006 12:19:40 PM PDT by shezza (God bless our military heroes)
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To: shezza

No chocolatini? [/pout] Okay, can I smash the garlic on my veggies, eat the fruit and nuts together, then have the chocolate with wine? Lucky me, I prefer dark chocolate!


25 posted on 08/31/2006 12:24:02 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: twigs

Nothing, but a higher concentration of certain things.. after all...got to squeeze a good number of oranges to get a glass of orange juice... usually far more than someone would eat in a sitting.


26 posted on 08/31/2006 12:27:35 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Mikey_1962
Coincidental or causal?

Illegal immigration and ozone depletion has increased during the same period of testing.

Therefore, we can conclude that this drop in Alzheimers is another unexpected side-effect of not having a border wall to protect us from global warming.

27 posted on 08/31/2006 12:29:26 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Froufrou

They have those in regular and martini bars all over the place here.


28 posted on 08/31/2006 12:30:23 PM PDT by ShadowDancer (No autopsy, no foul.)
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To: discostu

They already have... at least in preliminary tests.

Have developed chemicals that cross the blood brain barrier and remove the plaque buildup that is responsible for alzheimers.. at least in lab animals.

Very very promising that this will lead to treatment in humans.



29 posted on 08/31/2006 12:30:25 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: ShadowDancer

Where's 'here?' Pls send map...


30 posted on 08/31/2006 12:31:21 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: nickcarraway
Drinking fruit or vegetable juice several times a week could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Yeah, and having a monkey groom me could help protect against shingles.

This sentence is meaningless, and it leads me not to want to read the article on grounds that it might be as meaningless and I will have wasted valuable minutes of my life which I will then want back.
31 posted on 08/31/2006 12:34:09 PM PDT by Xenalyte (No movie shall triumph over "Snakes on a Plane.")
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To: nickcarraway
Oh, WOW! I cudda hadda ... ... ... ...

:)

32 posted on 08/31/2006 12:34:39 PM PDT by upchuck (Q:Why does President Bush support amnesty for illegal aliens? A:Read this: http://tinyurl.com/nyvno)
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To: Froufrou
Pls send map...

ROTFL. Southeast Michigan.

33 posted on 08/31/2006 12:36:14 PM PDT by ShadowDancer (No autopsy, no foul.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Too far. Pls send recipe.


34 posted on 08/31/2006 12:36:51 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
Chocolate Martini

There may be easier ones out there, this is the first one I found. I've never had one, I don't care for sweet drinks, but my friend loves those.

35 posted on 08/31/2006 12:41:23 PM PDT by ShadowDancer (No autopsy, no foul.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Thankee kindly, Dancer! I should have asked before your tbl, since I don't care for sweet drinks much, either. Occasional Amaretto Sour or Pina Colada, but very rarely. The carbs simply aren't worth it. I'm more likely to go for a margarita on the rocks with extra lime.


36 posted on 08/31/2006 12:42:59 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

I'm a beer (Guinness if I can, if not Mic Ultra, carb thing) and wine (Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir) person with the occasional dirty martini if I'm out and about. I rarely drink those though, I can't drink liquor like I could 20 years ago so I don't even try.


37 posted on 08/31/2006 12:51:23 PM PDT by ShadowDancer (No autopsy, no foul.)
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To: ShadowDancer

I'm a beer fan, too, and tried Beck's Light recently. Very good and I bet you'd like it since you like Guinness. European flavor. I'll try Cabernet. At a wine tasting there was a red that was so lovely. Can't find it, so I get Shiraz or Merlot. I do like a really good dry vodka martini or just vodka and soda.


38 posted on 08/31/2006 12:55:24 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: ShadowDancer
Do Bloody Mary's count?

Why not? I count onion rings and french fries as vegetables in my diet... probably explains that 230 cholesterol I have.
39 posted on 08/31/2006 1:15:16 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (If you build it, they won't come...)
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To: shezza

Thanks for the post.
I heard of "Polymeal" a while back but never tracked it down.

Hope I'm not started on Alzheimers!


40 posted on 08/31/2006 1:19:10 PM PDT by VOA
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To: twigs

Well 1lb of carrots will turn into 8 or so ounces of juice so you are getting a heavily concentrated source of vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. So juice is just a better source then the whole vegetable or fruit itself.


41 posted on 08/31/2006 1:22:17 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: cricket
Tired of these anecdotal offerings. . .I would bet Reagan drank Californina
orange juice every morning. . .


Maybe that would be an "overdose"!

These nutritional studies/guidelines are useful sometimes.
Other times, you eventually find a lot of the stuff is "darned if you ,
darned if you don't".
42 posted on 08/31/2006 2:18:05 PM PDT by VOA
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