Juice for your brain: Pomegranates improve brain function among the elderly
The risk for reduced cognitive function and activity is on the increase as people age, especially between the ages of 65 and older. This usually occurs in the elderly as a result of some genetic factors and also as a result of some micro lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise. Several studies have confirmed the link between antioxidant consumption and increased cognitive function and protection. This is where pomegranates come in and while other fruits are rich in various antioxidants there is an increased special interest in the polyphenols present in abundant quantities in pomegranates and this is because it has the highest capacity of antioxidants among all fruit juices.
According to Natural News, all data emerging from the studies of pomegranate fruits all suggest positive benefits. Pomegranates are proof that red-coloured juice can be healthy too. This fruit is among the healthiest fruits on planet earth, with many beneficial phytochemicals including polyphenols which serve as powerful antioxidants. The seeds are very rich in dietary fibre and micronutrients and have been recognized as a great source of your daily Vitamin C and K needs.
Recent studies have shown that pomegranate juice can help augment most memory and cognitive functions in aged adults. This health benefit is mostly due to the abundant presence of polyphenols in the juice.
An article published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine showcased a study that provided evidence on the claim that pomegranate juice increases cognitive function. Thirty-two aged volunteers who had reported a case of age-related memory issues and impairment were put on a diet of pomegranate juice or placebo and were studied across a span of 28 days. The subjects were all tested before the study for any factors that may interfere with polyphenols or increase its effect. They were also closely monitored during these twenty-eight days.
The subjects were subjected to memory testing and functional brain activation during their various cognitive tasks before and during the study. Their blood samples were also taken for assessment of the presence of biomarkers. After the twenty-eight days, the subjects were once again tested for increased memory and cognitive function and only the pomegranate group showed a significant increase in memory and brain functions.
This study confirms beyond a reasonable doubt the potential of the pomegranate juice in augmenting brain function in the aged and elderly. And more scientific research is now taking place to reveal more information on their potential health benefits.
The presence of polyphenols in pomegranates also makes them very powerful antioxidants which helps increase the blood flow and circulation among the elderly. Drinking pomegranate juice daily has been shown to lower blood pressure in a recent study of pharmacological research conducted in early 2017. Results show that the consumption of pomegranate juice lowers blood pressure and decreases the oxidative damage which may be caused by exercise. Pomegranate juice intake is considered a smart way to keep your heart and brain healthy.