Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Concord grape juice best juice for antioxidants

Scientists rank UK juices by antioxidant action NutraIngredients.com 3/16/07 "lead researcher Professor Alan Crozier said his team's findings are relevant to consumers wishing to reduce their risk of age-related dementia, in the light of a study published last year that indicated long-term fruit juice consumption could help protect against Alzheimer's disease. "Phenolic antioxidants are bioactive compounds in fruits, vegetables and beverages that play an active role in the human body. By quenching free radicals they help maintain oxidative balance and are thought to play a key role in maintaining and improving health,"...The new study draws particular attention to the juice of Concord grapes, which came out on top in terms of highest overall antioxidant capacity and the highest and broadest range of polyphenols...Other top scorers were cloudy apple juice and cranberry juice. Crozier and his team assessed the total phenolic content of 13 commercially available fruit juices and juice drinks deemed to be the most popular in the UK using the Folin-Ciocalteu assay...The main components in purple grape juice were flavan-3-ols, anthocyanins, and hydroxycinnamates, together accounting for 93 per cent of the total phenolic content. The results for the red grape juice were said to be equal to those for a Beaujolais red wine... "

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1 comment:

Charles Donovan said...

New Alzheimer's Treatment

Scientists are discovering that there are many new implications for stimulating the vagus nerve. It is absolutely amazing. Vagus nerve stimulation could be a new alzheimer's treatment.

The clue to curing many chronics diseases once thought incurable are now being found in stimulating the vagus nerve. The Journal of Psychiatry just reported that Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is safe and beneficial for some patients with Alzheimer's Disease. It is the identical procedure that I had for depression, which is also the identical procedure performed in epilepsy patients.

This incredibly important study showed that VNS is well tolerated and safe in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, the study indicated that VNS may be of benefit, as a cognitive enhancing therapy. Just over 50% of patients showed improvement or no decline in the Alzheimer Disease. Furthermore 70.6% of patients had improvement or no decline from baseline on the Mini-Mental Status Examination(MMSE).

This news is coming on the same day that the Alzheimer's Association reported the following alarming statistics:

"More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's , a 10 percent increase since the last Alzheimer's Association estimate five years ago — and a count that supports the long-forecast dementia epidemic as the population grays."

The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve in the body, averaging 25 inches. Vagus means "wandering" in Latin. True to its name, the vagus nerve wanders from the brain stem through organs in the neck, thorax and abdomen.

My Dad was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Perhaps one day, there will be two members of my family with a vagus nerve stimulator.