A recent study has shown that the old saying of an apple a day keeps the doctor away still has some validity. After spending 10 years of studying the effects of apples on the brain, Dr. Thomas Shea, a neurobiologist, and his research team at the University of Massachusetts have concluded that everyone who drinks apple juice three times a week will reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s by a whopping 75%. Their most recent human trial included 21 AD patients who were between the ages of 72 and 93. The subjects were fed with four ounces of apple juice twice a day for thirty days. After the end of the test period, the researchers have noticed significant improvements in patients’ memory. Moreover, the majority of the patients were also less vulnerable to negative emotions, which are very common for everyone who suffers from AD. The research team has also discovered that regular consumption of apple juice reduces inflammation, protects the heart, and improves metabolism.
Another study, which was conducted at the Florida State University, has shown that a diet rich in apples can reduce the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol in women (between 45 and 65) by 23% in just 6 months.
How to Juice Apples?
Conventionally grown apples are usually at the top of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Dirty Dozen” list of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables. That’s why we strongly recommend you to eat only organically grown apples or apples that are locally grown.
You should also avoid store-bought pasteurized apple juice. The best solution for your overall health is to make your own organic apple juice. It is recommended to use a slow speed masticating juicer because this type of juicer eliminates the extra fiber that prevents rapid absorption and preserves the enzymes that may be destroyed by the high-speed juicer.
You should also never peel the apples. Cut them into pieces that are small enough for the juicer and add the core and seeds. A small piece of peeled ginger root or a freshly squeezed lemon can also be added to enhance the medicinal properties.