A Glass Of Juice A Day Keeps Dementia At Bay?

orange juice

Photo credit: bigstock

It is a fact that people are living longer than ever before. Improvements in medical science have significantly increased life expectancies across the world, and it is raising new questions and challenges about how to maintain health into old age. Something of concern to many people is the question of how to keep the mind sharp later in life. Age-related neurodegenerative conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease, can rob people of their cognitive faculties and impair their memories. To date, there is no cure for such conditions, but some research has shown that nutrition plays a great role in keeping the brain healthy and functional throughout life. New findings suggest that something as simple as drinking certain types of juice on a regular basis can defend against age-related cognitive decline and, to some degree, improve cognition.

A study conducted in 2015 at the University of Reading appears to indicate that something as common as orange juice can improve cognitive function in the elderly. In this study, the researchers had 37 participants, who had a mean age of 67 years, consume 500 ml of orange juice every day for eight weeks. The goal was to see if this would affect their “global cognitive function” score. This score is a combination of scores for tests covering reaction time, verbal fluency and memory.

The participant’s scores were taken at the beginning of the study, and then again when the test was over. At the end of the study, the participants showed an average improvement in their global cognitive score of 8 percent.

This is certainly interesting, but what is behind all this? Is it possible to get these kinds of benefits from other types of juice as well? The evidence appears to say yes.

Orange juice, as well as juices derived from other sources, contains an abundance of nutrients that lend themselves to good health for the brain and the body overall. These include vitamins and minerals, but they are also a great source of a special kind of antioxidant called flavonoids which are quite beneficial for brain health.

Continue to Page 2

PrevPage: 1 of 2Next


  1. Horseman

    Jul 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Whenever is see a study like this I don’t care who conducted it. I want to know who paid for it – and I like orange juice.

    • Glen

      Nov 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      i often wonder who paid naturalon. comment on their articles and they never reply.

      • n97novice

        Jan 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm

        The things Garlic, Ginger and turmeric works. I have one serious autoimmune disease. Was going down hill with so many problems – look up systemic sclerosis. Well I’m practically symptom free due to these three and more of course. Took around three half years to get to this point and 90% discipline with eating extremely healthy through fear but have arrived at this point. Still in Xmas mode eating crap but start the day with raw garlic and Apple on an empty stomach (most days that is) and end the days the same. Don’t eat anything bad after 7pm. Without it my symptoms would come back. Will be resuming my usual hard discipline way of life but getting use to. But these food work and is what Chinese herbalist use to give westerners crushed for huge amounts of money but we now know.