LIVE IT: Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease with Pomegranates


Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice daily can reduce the accumulation of harmful proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease by half.

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Dr. Mark Reeves (Host)
Surgical Oncologist
Many of us have had a loved one with Alzheimer's. In fact, one in eight older adults has Alzheimer's disease, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Patricia Kelikani (Host)
Health Journalist
But there is new evidence that shows how we can delay the onset of this disease with pomegranate juice. First, let's take a look at what causes this disease.

Dr. Mark Reeves (Host)
Surgical Oncologist
Most scientists believe that Alzheimer's is the result of plaque buildup in the brain called Beta Amyloid. We all have this protein in our brain floating in a soluble state, but when there is too much, it can cluster and form this plaque that damages the neurons in the brain. Neurons are the brain cells that act like the computers of our body.

Dr. Richard Hartman
LLU Professor of Psychology
"Aging, genetics, poor nutrition, brain damage, lack of exercise can accelerate this process. And when this happens the neurons in the areas of the brain that are involved in learning and memory, particularly the hippocampus for Get damaged and they start to die ".

Patricia Kelikani (Host)
So where do the grenades come from? Well, one of Dr. Hartman's early studies with this fruit involved transgenic mice predisposed to Alzheimer's symptoms. After six months of drinking pomegranate juice, the mice not only performed better memory and learning tests than the control group, but they had 50 percent less plaque in their brains. With these results, Dr. Hartman and his team then identified individuals prior to cardiac surgery, since it is common for these patients to have memory deficit after the procedure.

Dr. Mark Reeves (Host)
They gave half of the patients pomegranate pills one week before surgery and six weeks later. Not only did the individuals who took the pomegranate pills have no memory loss, but their memory actually improved. On the other hand, patients who did not receive pomegranate pills had memory deficits as expected.

Dr. Richard Hartman
"We even have some evidence now that it stimulates the growth of new neurons in the brain.I do not want to make the case that this is a cure for Alzheimer's disease or a cure for memory loss.It's part of the whole, you know, healthy life style ".

Patricia Kelikani (Host)
Pomegranates are loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, which are chemicals found in plants that work to protect our body's cells from being damaged. So what are some simple tips you can do on a daily basis to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's? You can drink an 8 ounce glass of pomegranate juice, eat pomegranate seeds, or take a pomegranate pill.

Dr. Mark Reeves (Host)
But it is not limited to grenades. Other foods with bright or dark colors like blueberries and raspberries, and even the curry spice have similar benefits.

Dr. Richard Hartman
So my advice would be to eat a wide variety of these foods. Get plenty of exercise and that's a great way to cover your bases.

Patricia Kelikani (Host)
Some creative ways to incorporate this into your diet is to spray the seeds in your salad, stir in the yogurt, or add the pomegranate juice to a smoothie.
There is your advice for the day on how you can live healthier, longer.

All information related to health and health contained in this program is general and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a health professional. Viewers should consult their health care providers about any medical condition or treatment.

Video credits to LLUHealth YouTube channel


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