Here’s just another incredible benefit of juicing as part of a healthy lifestyle. The results of a recent 10-year long study from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has shown that regular consumption of fruit and vegetable juice (at least 3 times a week) can reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease by 76 percent.
The reason…? Once again we have our little friends the antioxidants to thank. The study shows specifically that polyphenols (a particularly strong antioxidant found in the peel and skin of produce) have the potential to fight off beta-amyloid protein deposits that form in the brain of those with Alzheimer’s. That means if the juice is darker or grainier—if there’s stuff in it—it’s better for you. Juices like blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, (any berry really), pomegranate, red grape, plum, watermelon and many more are all very high in antioxidants. The same goes for dark honey, extra virgin olive oil and most teas (you can use green tea topically to reduce wrinkles you know… but that’s for another article).
As always I urge balance. The tendency we all have to rely on that one “magic” solution should be met with temperance. A consistent, regular consumption of fruit and vegetable juice is most beneficial when matched by an overall diet rich in whole, healthy foods as well as a lifestyle that includes the disciplines of exercise, spirituality as well as loving relationships and laughter. And of course a healthy brain is one that is used, so read and learn and think think think.