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Ancient Fruit May Halt Alzheimer’s Disease

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The growing rate of Alzheimer’s disease in America is obvious and worrisome, which is why more and more research into both the cause and prevention of this degenerative brain condition is gradually escalating.

It’s no secret that the environment now and the environment just 50 years ago is drastically different and it would be naive to think that this toxic increase hasn’t been a factor in the growing rate of serious health problems in the world’s population.

On the plus side, new research has discovered the power of one of the planet’s oldest fruits in fighting against some of the most harmful diseases.

The pomegranate, although a recently popular fruit in the west, has been used extensively by traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India and across the middle east.

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The rinds of the fruit, which we commonly throw away, are used to remedy diarrhea, dysentery and intestinal parasites. The seeds and the fruit inside are considered a tonic to help purify the heart, throat, and build blood cells throughout the cardiovascular system.

Pomegranates have shown free-radical scavenging properties in multiple lab experiments and most recently, at the University of Huddersfield in England, can slow down the inflammation which contributes to the slow death of brain cell’s during Alzheimer’s disease.

Time to get scientific.

Punicalagin is a chemical compound found in pomegranates. It is a polyphenol, which, as a part of the group of antioxidants, can help prevent cell proliferation and invasion and can cause cell death in select types of cancer.

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The conclusion by the scientists at Huddersfield is promising and deduces that this polyphenol can slow down inflammation in specialized brain cells called microglia, which are susceptible to rapid degeneration.

Consuming pure pomegranate juice on a regular basis has many benefits and Dr. Olumayokun Olajide, the lead scientist in the study, says it may even prevent forms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Not only are the antioxidants in pomegranates capable of slowing down the inflammation of the brain and joints, but it has been proven to be preventative against heart disease and can lower bad cholesterol.

Although further study into the power of the punicalagin in pomegranates needs to be done, Dr. Olajide aims to produce compound derivatives of this element that could be the basis for a neuro-inflammation fighting supplement.

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Although this fruit is one of the more difficult to prepare, it is extremely versatile and can be used in salads, soups, and pressed into juices and smoothies. Juice consumption may even curve viral infections and pomegranate extracts have been found to have antibacterial influence on the buildup of tooth plaque.

These and other studies show promise that this ancient fruit can drastically improve the health of people exposed to daily toxins all around.

Just last year alone, 58 clinical trials were registered with the National Institute of Health looking into the influence of pomegranates on disorders from prostate cancer, diabetes, lymphoma, and infertility.

Let’s just hope all this study bears fruit!

Sources:

http://www.alzheimers.net/9-15-14-pomegranate-and-alzheimers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate

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