Apple juice ‘can enhance
Alzheimer's patients’ mood’
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Scientists have found that those suffering from
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can enhance their mood with apple juice.
In the study, after institutionalized AD patients consumed two 4-oz glasses of
apple juice a day for a month, their caregivers reported no change in the
patients’ Dementia Rating Scale or their day-to-day abilities.
What did change, however, was the behavioral and psychotic symptoms associated
with their dementia (as quantified by the Neuropsychiatric Inventory), with
approximately 27 percent improvement, mostly in the areas related to anxiety,
agitation, and delusion.
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by a progressive loss of memory, decline in
cognitive function, behavioral changes, and the loss in ability to do daily
activities, all of which causes a significant caregiver burden and increased
health care costs.
While pharmacological treatments can provide temporary reduction in AD symptoms,
they’re costly and cannot prevent the ultimate decline in cognitive and
behavioral function. That’s why the authors considered it important to discover
any possible nutritional interventions.
"The modest, but statistically significant, impact of apple juice on the
behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia in this study adds to the body
of evidence supporting the usefulness of nutritional approaches, including fruit
and vegetable juices, in delaying the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s
Disease, even in the face of known genetic risk factors," said the authors.
The study appears in American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
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