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Apple Juice May Protect Your Brain

Contact: Denise Yockey
(517) 336-4680

Having a glass of apple juice with your breakfast may help to maintain brain performance, according to a new study from University of Massachusetts Lowell. The study, directed by Thomas B. Shea, Ph.D., suggests that two to three glasses of apple juice a day may protect against oxidative damage that contributes to age-related brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

The study also found that apples and apple juice may affect brain health and mental sharpness throughout life.

“We have always known that apple juice tastes great and is low in fat. But now we know it's good for our memories as well,” said Denise Yockey, Executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “This should make apple juice a better-than-ever choice for breakfast and lunchboxes.”

These results are encouraging for people who enjoy apples and apple juice, who want to maintain their brain health. According to the study, it would require a person to drink only two or three glasses of apple juice or two apples per day to enjoy the brain-health benefits.

Previous research has shown that apples are a rich source of antioxidants. According to a 2000 study at Cornell University, one apple has more cancer-fighting antioxidant capability than a 1,500 milligram dose of Vitamin C. Shea believes it is the antioxidants that maintain brain health and mental sharpness.

“Consumers should look for the fine print on an apple juice container indicating the product contains U.S. concentrate,” Yockey said.

Shea's study was sponsored through a grant by the U.S. Apple Association, of which the Michigan Apple Committee is a member, and the Apple Products Research and Education Council. More information and complete text of Shea's study can be found on www.uml.edu/dept/Biology/tshea/index.htm.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to promotion, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption by consumers in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.michiganapples.com.