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Brain Health and Juicing

The brain is one of the organs that is particularly sensitive to free radical damage and oxidative stress.  It is very important to include lots of antioxidants in your diet to protect it.  Juicing is one of the best ways you can accomplish that.

Apple Juice Can Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

According to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (Jan. 2009), a growing body of evidence demonstrates that we can take steps to delay age-related cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease.  A team of researchers at Neurodegeneration Research University of Massachusetts found that drinking apple juice helped mice perform better than normal in maze trials, and prevented the decline in performance that was observed in aged mice. The researchers observed that mice drinking the human equivalent of two glasses of apple juice per day for one month produced less of a small protein fragment called “beta-amyloid” that is responsible for forming senile plaques that are commonly found in brains of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. The researchers concluded that regular consumption of apple juice can not only help to keep one’s mind functioning at its best but may delay Alzheimer’s disease.

I suggest choosing green apples because they have less sugar.  Keeping sugars very low in your diet is also good for brain health. If you have a sweet tooth you just can’t seem to kick, get my book Sugar Knockout.  I don’t recommend much fruit juice, but adding half a green apple to your veggie juice combo can improve the flavor immensely and help your brain at the same time. I recommend always diluting fruit juice with plenty of greens and some water if needed.  Add a cucumber to each juice combo and you’ll get lots of water with minerals.  I also recommend buying organic apples.  Apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits and always appear on the Dirty Dozen List at ewg.org.

Drink Your Vegetables

The Kame Project showed that those who drank juice more than three times per week compared to less than once a week were 76 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.  (The American Journal of Medicine, 2006)

Include spinach in your juice recipes.  Spinach is known to help protect the brain from oxidative stress.  And ginger is rich in zinc; zinc deficiency has been linked to learning impairment.  Toss in a chunk of ginger every time you juice.

Get a good juicer!  To make sure you stick with juicing every day, get a good juicer—one that’s easy to use and clean.  Check out my “Top Picks”.

The Big Apple

  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 lemon, peeled if not organic
  • 1-inch-chunk ginger root

Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible. Serves 1.

From The Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies

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