We’ve always heard that eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away – and with all the nutrients in apples, we have every reason to believe the claim. This old wives tale has feet to stand on.
Research shows that apples can be very beneficial to our brain’s health.
In Jean Carper’s excellent book, 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss, we’re told that apple juice aids in the production of acetylcholine, referred to as the “memory chemical.” In fact, according to Thomas Shea, Ph.D. of the University of Massachusetts, apple juice “pushs” production of this memory chemical in a way that’s similar to the popular Alzheimer’s drug Aricept.
In research with apple juice and its effect on memory and brain function, old mice who were given apple juice did better on learning and memory tests than mice that received water.
Experts recommend that we (humans!) aim for 16 ounces of apple juice daily or 2 -3 apples a day. Sounds like a delicious way to help the health of your body and your mind.