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The brain-boosting benefits of apples and pears for Alzheimer’s disease


Recent research suggests that these beloved fruits go beyond their sweet and juicy flavours. Packed with antioxidants, they can shield your brain cells from damage and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Recent research suggests that these beloved fruits go beyond their sweet and juicy flavours. Picture:Unsplash/Jonathan Mast

THE humble apple and pear, which bring joy to our taste buds all year round, have more to offer than just their delicious flavours.

Recent research suggests that these fruits could hold the key to safeguarding our brain health, particularly when it comes to the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease.

You see, these fruits are packed with antioxidants, according to Henk Griessel, Quality Manager at Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing.

Antioxidants are powerful compounds that fight against oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies. A study from the University of South Australia discovered that the antioxidants found in apples and pears can protect our brain cells from damage caused by oxidative stress, potentially reducing the risk of cognitive decline.

But that’s not all. Griessel explains that apples and pears are also rich in flavonoids, natural plant compounds that have been shown to enhance cognitive function and improve memory.

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These findings are supported by the ‘’Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry’’ confirming the potential of these flavonoids to give our brains a boost.

Additionally, the high fibre content in these fruits not only supports our digestive health but also nurtures the connection between our gut and brain.

Research published in “Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience” suggests that a healthy gut microbiome is linked to improved cognitive function and a reduced risk of neuro-degenerative disorders.

And here’s some exciting news: Regular consumption of apples and pears may significantly lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A research article in the ‘’Journal of Food Science’’ highlighted the potential of the phytonutrients in these fruits to improve brain health and decrease the risk of neuro-degenerative diseases.

Polyphenols, another group of beneficial plant compounds, are abundant in both apples and pears. Griessel explains that these polyphenols have shown promise in protecting our neurons from damage and supporting overall brain health.

Last but not least, these fruits have a low glycemic index, which means they release sugars slowly into our bloodstream. This property helps regulate blood sugar levels, preventing spikes that could negatively impact brain function.

Blood sugar regulation

Apples and pears have a low glycemic index, meaning they release sugars slowly into the bloodstream. This property can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent spikes that might negatively impact brain function.

Nutrient Diversity

Apples and pears are packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fibre. These nutrients work synergistically to support various bodily functions, including cognitive health.

Inflammation control

Chronic inflammation is associated with various cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. Research published in the ‘’Journal of Nutrition’’ highlighted the anti-inflammatory properties of apples and pears, potentially contributing to brain health.

Griessel claims that incorporating apples and pears into your daily diet can be as simple as enjoying them as standalone snacks, adding slices to your breakfast porridge, or blending them into smoothies.

By doing so, you’re not only satisfying your taste buds but also nourishing your brain health and reducing the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Remember, while apples and pears have shown promising benefits for brain health, maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and cognitive engagement is essential for optimal brain function.”

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