Eating fruits may cut risk of Alzheimer's

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Washington, Jan 31 : Eating fruits is not only good for skin and the digestive system, but it can also protect against Alzheimer's disease.

A new study has examined the benefits of fruits like apples, bananas, and oranges and revealed that they also protect against neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.

These fruits are the most common ingredients in both Western and Asian diets, and are important sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Researchers at Cornell University explored the effects of apple, banana, and orange extracts on neuron cells and discovered that the phenolic phytochemicals of the fruits prevented neurotoxicity on the cells.

It was found that amongst the three fruits, apples had the highest content of protective antioxidants, followed by bananas then oranges.

"[Their] study demonstrated that antioxidants in the major fresh fruits consumed in the United States and Korea protected neuronal cells from oxidative stress....Additional consumption of fresh fruits such as apple, banana, and orange may be beneficial to improve effects in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's," concluded the authors in the study.

The study was published in the Journal of Food Science.

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