Dementia is increasingly talked about as the disease of the 21st Century, particularly in the ageing nations of Europe, America and Japan. It is a subject which is attracting more and more research, both medical – searching for a cure and marketing – searching for a profit. Mix the two together and you get a fruit cocktail with higher margins but less certain health benefits.
In the last month there has been much publicity given to research from the University of Cincinatti about the value of beetroot juice in preventing the onset of dementia because the Nitrates in it help boost blood supply to the brain.
There are also claims for apple juice which is supposed to improve memory because it contain Acetylcholine.
Not to be left out of this juicy mixture – purple grape juice also improves memory according to psychiatrists at the same university.
Finally, an earlier study of Cincinatti found that people who drink a pint of blueberry juice a day performed better in memory tests at the age of 70.
So don’t forget that’s:-
A glass of beetroot juice
2 glasses (1/2 litre) of apple juice
A glass of purple grape juice and
A whole litre of blueberry juice
P.S. It might be an idea to move nearer to fruit farms (see “76th Birthday – Move to the Country” posted under “Smiles” on 28 May 2010) so you can pick your own.
P.P.S. If you do decide to do that, don’t forget to also get some tomatoes. Their juice is good for the sunburn (and wrinkles you will get while outside picking all that fruit).