A Cheap and Effective Solution for Alzheimer's Disease
In an open-label pilot study involving 21 institutionalised individuals with moderate-to-severe Alzheimer’s disease (AD), results indicate that daily consumption of fresh apple juice may improve behavioural symptoms. The patients received two 118ml or 4fl oz of fresh apple juice daily for 1 month. After the month caregivers reported improvement in behavioural and psychotic symptoms associated with dementia, particularly anxiety, agitation and delusion. Thus, the authors conclude, “This pilot study suggests that apple juice may be a useful supplement, perhaps to augment pharmacological approaches, for attenuating the decline in mood that accompanies the progression of AD, which may also reduce caregiver burden.”
Reference: “Apple juice improved behavioural but not cognitive symptoms in moderate-to-late stage Alzheimer’s disease in an open-label pilot study,” Remington R, Shea TB, et al, Am J Alzheimer’s Dis Other Demen, 2010; 25(4): 367-71. (Address: Center for Cell Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration Research, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, MA, USA).