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Orange Juice May Improve Memory in Old Age

| May 19, 2015 Comment

Orange Juice May Improve Memory in Old Age – A new study from the University of Reading shows that consuming orange juice can help improve memory and overall brain function in the elderly.

In the study, 37 healthy adults of an average age of 67 years, were asked to drink 500 ml of orange juice every day for 8 weeks. Researchers measured their memory, reaction time and verbal fluency before and after the study period. The scores were combined to indicate the global cognitive function.

Researchers found that there was an 8% improvement in cognitive function in the study participants. In verbal memory tests, this translated to remembering an extra word in a list of 15 words. Researchers say that over long term these improvements could be quite significant and can help improve the quality of life in old age. So gradually increasing flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables in the diet can be beneficial for brain health and prevent cognitive decline in old age.

Other research has shown that the flavonoids in orange juice may improve memory by activating signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is associated with learning and memory.


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