There are many factors of our individual health that many of us don’t consider on a daily, or even weekly basis. We just assume everything is running smoothly, and will be for the foreseeable future.
But brain health is something that every single living human being on the planet should be concerned with preserving. No one wants to think about reaching a certain age and starting to forget things, but it’s something that is happening to millions every day. Our precious memories that we spend our entire lives making should be something we protect, and it starts with what we are putting into our bodies.
According to the Center for Disease Control, “In 2013, as many as 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease. The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to 14 million, a nearly three-fold increase.”
These numbers are pretty scary, and saddening for those affected and their families.
An article titled “Vegetable Juice and Brain Function” published by SF Gate says drinking juices high in potassium, lycopene, vitamin k, and vitamin c are especially good for brain health and are preventative against strokes.
Antioxidants protect our bodies from free radical damage, something that our brains are also highly susceptible to (which most of us don’t consider on a daily basis). Juicing is a very effective way to streamline those antioxidants to our brains because the pre-digestive nature of slow masticating juicers keeps the nutrients and phytonutrients in-tact.
The fact that it takes so many individual vegetables to make one glass of juice, those nutrients are also concentrated, making them readily available, and perfect for applying medicinally.
Cherie Calbon (“The Juice Lady”) highlights a study in a blog post, originally published by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2009, on her website saying, “The researchers observed that mice drinking the human equivalent of two glasses of apple juice per day for one month produced less of a small protein fragment called “beta-amyloid” that is responsible for forming senile plaques that are commonly found in brains of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. The researchers concluded that regular consumption of apple juice can not only help to keep one’s mind functioning at its best, but may delay Alzheimer’s disease.”
“A 2006 study from Vanderbilt University found that drinking fruit and vegetable juices more than three times a week can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 76%,” according to Alzheimers.net
Beets have also shown to increase blood-flow to the white matter in the frontal region of the brain which is combative against dementia, according to a medical website called Share Care.
Web MD published an article titled “Blueberry Juice May Boost Memory” which highlights a study, “The results showed that those who drank blueberry juice showed significant improvement on learning and memory tests compared to the placebo group. Researchers say there were also trends suggesting reduced symptoms of depression and lower glucose levels among the wild blueberry juice drinkers, but further research will be needed to confirm these results.”
Fresh pomegranate and grape juice are also known to help prevent cognitive decline. An interesting couple of additives to add to your “healthy brain concoctions” are rosemary sprigs and wheatgrass, both of which are noted “brain performance enhancers”.
What is interesting to me, is that many of the fruits and vegetables (which I have also listed in other articles, for other ailments, proving their versatility and necessity in our lives), are so easily available to us that it would only cost us a few dollars and, in most cases, a five minute trip to the grocery store to have our hands on them.
I believe it is this reason alone that makes people think “That can’t be true. If these things really helped with all these different ailments, we would have known about it a lot sooner, and a lot more people would be doing it.” (Don’t be fooled, people all around you are starting to open their eyes, just like you.)
But, if we had known about the medicinal benefits of each of these amazing juices, we would have no need for the customer-grabbing, money-making-machine that is Big Pharma.
As always, consult with a medical professional before juicing medicinally. You never know if a certain fruit or vegetable will interact poorly with a medication you may be taking, and there are many other factors that may determine which exact juices would be best for you. So having a professional involved is always the way to go.
The idea of losing your memories of loved ones now passed, children now grown, and places you once were is terrifying, and something no one wants to think about. But with the rate of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of cognitive decline on the rise, everyone should be utilizing the simple medicinal tool, of juicing.
Next time you make a glass, make an extra for your neighbor!
Blueberry Juice May Boost Memory. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20100121/blueberry-juice-may-boost-memory
CDC – Healthy Brain Initiative: Alzheimer’s Disease – Aging. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/aging/aginginfo/alzheimers.htm
Improve Your Brain Function | Juice Lady Cherie. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.juiceladycherie.com/Juice/improve-your-brain-function/
Juicing for Alzheimer’s Prevention. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.alzheimers.net/2014-07-18/juice-for-alzheimers-prevention/
Jump-Start Your Brain with This Morning Juice – Sharecare. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.sharecare.com/health/brain/article/beet-juice-benefits-brain-health
Vegetable Juice & Brain Function | Healthy Eating | SF Gate. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/vegetable-juice-brain-function-9804.html