Fruit and Alzheimer’s Disease

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It’s widely known that fruit can be highly beneficial to your health. Loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, fruit has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer and even obesity. Now, according to Fruits and Veggies More Matters, fruit is being linked to another potential health benefit: a reduced risk of death from Alzheimer ’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease, a common form of dementia, is known to cause the premature deterioration of the brain, killing brain cells. This disease is known for its devastating impact on memory and day-to-day function. As awareness of this condition grows, so does research into its causes and how to minimize and hopefully someday prevent the disease. This current research into the impact of fruit intake on future risk is promising.

According to the results of the study, “Alzheimer’s disease mortality was greatly reduced in Individuals who consumed a few servings of fruit every day.” The study found:

  • 40% lower Alzheimer’s mortality with 2 servings of fruit daily
  • 60% lower Alzheimer’s mortality with 3 or more servings of fruit daily

Researchers believe that this may tie into an overall healthier diet rich in fruits and vegetables and the associated health benefits.

Adding extra servings of fruit to your diet can be as easy as:

  • Ordering a side of fresh fruit with your breakfast
  • Snacking on a piece of fresh fruit between meals
  • Opting for a fresh fruit dessert in place of more traditional dessert choices

Start treating yourself well while you reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease today with extra servings of fruit.