What if it were possible to reduce all the risks concerning Alzheimer’s pathology? This neurodegenerative disease leads to memory loss over time. As well as the loss of certain cognitive functions, which can have repercussions in the activities of daily life. This disease more often affects people as they get older. And she seems extremely rare before age 65.
Alzheimer’s cannot be cured yet. However, rapid detection and compliant management could slow progress. But also, to improve the daily life of the victim as well as that of his family. So you have to act in time. American researchers have made a discovery that could change this. A seasonal fruit could well play a leading role in the prevention of this Alzheimer’s disease.
To date, no effective treatment has been able to cure Alzheimer’s disease. The latter is a neurodegenerative disease that affects up to 900,000 people in France. For the moment, the treatments available only allow to slow down the degeneration.
While waiting for the discovery of a miraculous treatment, American researchers have discovered that a fruit, which the French love as soon as the weather warms up, could preserve our brain. The fruit in question in this study is strawberries, rich in pelargonidin. A plant pigment that is found naturally in many red fruits, the star fruit of summer could thus contribute to the disease prevention of Alzheimer’s.
Less risk thanks to a fruit
To reach their conclusions, the researchers from Rush University in Chicago, USA, looked at health data. Data therefore relating to 575 participants who died at an average age of 91 years. The goal remained to better determine the impact of tasting strawberries on the brain. To do this, the researchers then carried out assessments and questionnaires on the dietary habits of the patients.
He was thus able to observe that the subjects whose consumption of pelargonidin had increased the most had a lower amyloid load. And so, less tangles of tau, elements responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. Red berries, especially strawberries, have a reputation for high pelargonidin content. “Strawberry and pelargonidin consumption were associated with fewer phosphorylated tau tangles.” The researchers then drew their conclusions in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published on July 19.
The benefits of this fruit on Alzheimer’s disease
According to researchers, this plant pigment is contained in the nature of strawberries. And it plays an important role in the production of cytokines. ” Pelargonidin’s anti-inflammatory properties may decrease overall neuroinflammation, which may reduce cytokine production” explains Dr. Julie Schneider, neuropathologist at Rush University and author of the study.
If the conclusions of the study make a report between the consumption of strawberries and Alzheimer’s disease, it should not be forgotten that it is however only a study based on observation. So far, the causal relationship has not been proven. Further research will therefore help to understand the role of strawberries and red berries. And this, on the preservation of brain health.