Recently, there have been several studies done on whether or not grapes can aid in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have tested people with early memory decline and found that grapes helped with both memory and attention span.
How does eating grapes help the fight against Alzheimer’s?
- Grapes contain polyphenols which help with inflammation in the brain. They are also an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
- Eating grapes twice a day showed beneficial changes in cognitive ability and memory. There was also less decline in areas of the brain cortex associated with worsening Alzheimer’s disease.
- Grapes are known to help with blood flow and maintaining normal levels of brain chemicals. The brain, just like the rest of the body, needs appropriate energy to function properly. Healthy brain metabolism is essential and those in the study that consumed grape powder showed healthy metabolic activity in the regions of the brain that affect Alzheimer’s Disease, compared to the evidence of declined activity in the placebo group.
Other Health Benefits From Grapes:
- They have also been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
- Because of their high sodium content they are recommended to those with high blood pressure to negate the effects of sodium in the body.
- Their high water content and fiber content help to minimize constipation and promote regular bowel activity.
- They contain quercitin, which has shown to help to alleviate allergy symptoms like watery eyes, hives and runny nose.
While the best defense against Alzheimer’s is a healthy diet, with lots of exercise and mental stimulation, grapes can be one more item that we add to our arsenal to fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.