Fruit and veggies may protect from Alzheimer's

September 28, 2005 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Fruit and veggies may protect from Alzheimer's

According to recent study findings from Kingís College in London England ñ common fruit and vegetables, such as broccoli, potatoes, oranges, apples and radishes all contain substances that act in the same way as drugs used to treat Alzheimerís.

Researcher discovered that compounds in each of these fruit and vegetables inhibit acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of the neurotransmitter This is also the target of common Alzheimer's drugs and although it has been previously suggested that some vegetables might have this activity too, no detailed investigation has ever been carried out.

Of all of the fruit and vegetables studied, broccoli was found to have the most potent activity and in further tests, the researchers showed that glucosinolates, a group of compounds found throughout the cabbage family, were likely to be responsible for this action.

These latest findings provide scientific backing for previous studies suggesting that higher intake of fruit and vegetables may lower the risk of developing the disease.

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