The Benefit of Drinking Apple Juice

August 30, 2006

234652767.jpgI usually refrain from taking apple juice because any fruit juice for me is plain sugar. I always have this rule: A fruit is better than a puree… a puree is better than a juice! BUT new studies may change my way of dealing with juices.

A recent study done in University of Massachussets Lowell published in the August issue of the International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease looked at the effect of apple juice in animal models and its effect in memory.

The FINDINGS are interesting:

The apple juice fed animals had more neurotransmitters produced in the brain important for memory signaling.  Likewise the animals tested did better in memory and learning evaluations.

What’s the implication of the Study in out daily practice?

With the baby boomers reaching the age where we fear the era of forgetfulness… this study is pretty reassuring. The antioxidant properties in apple may have helped in increasing the amount of neurotransmitters in the brain that improved the outcome in terms of memory.

I usually recommend apple as fruit serving to my patients with diabetes because it has a lower glycemic index- meaning it does not significantly increase ones blood sugar.  With this new data on apples… I may have helped them unknowingly in helping preserve their memory!

Other vegetables and fruits may have similar outcome but for now, foods rich in antioxidant properties like apple are known to possess properties that may prevent cognitive decline due to dietary and genetic deficiencies and aging.

An Apple A Day Keeps Your Mind Being Blown Away!

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21 Responses to “The Benefit of Drinking Apple Juice”

  1. maxim Says:

    Thanks for this information Doctor. My take on juices is same with yours. I shun from them because I consier them plain sugar. Now with this data, I might change my view about juices.

    Thanks again.

  2. Teresa Says:

    Doctor – Could you please forward to me any information you may have on the affects of apple juice on cholesterol as in during the consumption of eggs. I was once told to drink apple juice when I eat eggs as it cuts the cholesterol. Thank you, Teresa

  3. Doc Gerry Says:

    Teresa…just check my future post beaucse I will write about it okay? thanks for asking

  4. Milo Says:

    Doc Ger! Can gallstone be flushed out by drinking 5 glasses of 100% apple juice for 5 days and on the 6th day, epsom salt, lemon juice and olive oil? I read this thing in a local newspaper. Thanks!

  5. Doc Gerry Says:

    No data to support it Milo. But looking at the concoction, I see no harm in trying. What you can do is repeat your ultrasound after the concoction and tell me what happens. Be sure to have your ultrasound done and read by the same reader

  6. Milo Says:

    Thanks doc Ger! I’m on my 2nd day and I’ll be done by Sunday evening. I hope the next morning, stones will “pass” through defecation.

  7. sara khaleed Says:

    dr. ger, some of my cousins told me that to eat apple and a glass of milk everyday. whats the benefit of drinking them both?. I usually dont eat at night and go to sleep, is it a unhealthy habit? i notice my height being less than my sisters but when i eat i tend to be taller than her but gain alot of weight. plz tell me some exercise tips.

  8. maria Says:

    Milo did the apple juice and epson salt work ?

  9. Doc Gerry Says:

    Sara… apple and milk are healthy foods so no problem taking them both daily.

  10. erick Says:

    Doc Gerry,

    Good day.

    I’ve been diagnosed with gallbladder polyp in 2005 during my pre-employment physical exam. In 2006, the ultrasound procedure conducted on my LGBPS showed measurement of 0.5 cm. In 2007, the measurement was 0.53 cm while in 2008, it was now 0.7 cm. Our next APE will be in June 2009.

    I’m experiencing some intermittent pains in my lower right abdomen while at some times there are pains in my lower middle and left abdomen just below my ribs. My family commented that my eyes are yellowish.

    Our company doctor suggested that i should undergo laparoscopic surgery to remove my gallbladder. I plan to seek second opinion since the thought of having my gallbladder removed really scares me.

    Are the abdominal pains and yellowish eye connected with my having gallbladder polyp? What would be my best course of action? Please advise.

    Thank you very much.

    • Doc Gerry Says:

      Hi Erick…any surgery recommnedation by one doctor requires a second opinin indeed. Am not sure if you also have gallstones on ultrasound…if so with abdominal pain…it is advised to be removed laparoscopically which is a simple procedure.


  11. Just found your blog while searching Yahoo.  I agree creating a gallstone diet is one of the hardest things to deal with. Thanks for the info.

  12. jean Says:

    dear doc my father is a diabetic wth latest fasting blood sugar 30.46 can 1 glass apple juice is help?

    • Doc Gerry Says:

      Jean… as a treatment for hypoglycemia of blood suagrs below 70: a glass of any juice would be fine. But make sure you have analyzed what made him Hypo to avoid a similar situation in the future.

  13. Pauline Says:

    Drinking apple juice or eating an apple daily will do wonders for the body.

  14. margaret Says:

    I have liked the article so much

  15. margaret Says:

    I have liked the tips

  16. margaret Says:

    Apple Fruit is so good, its the type of fruit you can eat at any time, it has no acid, its long lasting, a fresh one can be stored for over a month, just enjoy it without peeling.

    Finally, you do not need a knife for peeling just enjoy Apple Fruit

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