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The UK’s Telegraph(http://tinyurl.com/grape-juice-and-memory 12/9) reports that scientists from the University of Cincinnati’s psychiatry department carried out a study which involved 12 people with early memory loss drinking pure 100 per cent Concord grape juice for 12 weeks.   The results showed an improvement the longer the trial went on in the half of the group who were drinking the juice.  Experts believe this proves the brain-boosting powers of antioxidants contained in the skin and juice of the grapes.  A simple, easy-to-incorporate dietary intervention that could improve or protect memory function, such as drinking Concord grape juice, may be beneficial for the ageing population.   A 2006 US study conducted at Vanderbilt University revealed drinking fruit and vegetable juices frequently could significantly cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.  US researchers followed almost 2,000 people for up to 10 years – providing a powerful set of results. They found the risk was 76 per cent lower for those who drank juice more than three times a week, compared with those who drank it less than once-a-week.   Alzheimer’s is linked to the accumulation of clumps of beta-amyloid protein in the brain.  There is a suggestion this process may be controlled by the chemical hydrogen peroxide.

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