Sunday, December 24, 2017

Blueberry Vinegar Could Possibly Treat Any Type of Dementia

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  Based on a new report from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and the work of researchers from the Republic of Korea, dementia which affects 30-50 % of the American population over the age of 85, could be reduced simply by eating vinegar made from highbush blueberries.
  When an individual has Alzheimer’s disease, an example of dementia, acetylcholine breaks down. However, the vinegar reduces the breakdown of the compound; acetylcholine along with its receptors are responsible for learning and memory.
Image credit: Hong et al, doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03965
Image credit: Hong et al, doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03965

 When administered to mice with scopolamine-induced amnesia, not only did the breakdown of acetylcholine reduce in volume, but the vinegar also boosted the neurotrophic factor, the protein associated with creating healthy neurons.
 In terms of cognition, when the mice were put into mazes, their performance improved suggesting short-term memory increase.
  Quote from Beong-Ou Lim of Konkuk University, “Although further testing is needed, blueberry vinegar could potentially be a promising food to help treat amnesia and cognitive decline related to aging"

Read more about this fascinating story at: http://www.sci-news.com/medicine/blueberry-vinegar-memory-amnesic-mice-05563.html
Or read the full study at: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03965

Article written by Bright Li, edited by K. Tam

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