We are often encouraged to eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day if we want to keep the doctor away.
However, experts have discovered one particular fruit that could help reduce the chances of developing dementia later in life.
The series of studies, published in the journal Foods, found that eating grapes can have a positive impact on your health, especially for those who eat high-fat Western diets.
Grapes are known to be rich in chemicals that increase gut bacteria and lower cholesterol.
They also contain high levels of antioxidants that can reduce the risk of many diseases and cancers.
Antioxidants work by keeping the body safe from free radicals in the body, such as inflammation, or outside the body, such as pollution, UV exposure, and cigarette smoke.
Researchers have found that antioxidants in grapes protect the brain against the development of dementia by improving the function of neurons, or nerve cells.
Several studies have already found that brain inflammation is linked to various forms of dementia.
Dementia is one of the UK’s biggest killers, with one in ten male deaths caused by the condition and one in eight female deaths.
Another study found that eating grapes can also reduce the risk of fatty liver disease and can add five more years to your life.
Fatty liver disease is a common disease caused by the storage of extra fat in the liver.
It is currently a growing problem around the world, due to unhealthy eating habits.
Although rarely fatal, if left untreated it can lead to liver failure or liver cancer.
Grapes can also burn calories by helping to boost metabolism, the third study found.
Researchers at Western New England University conducted all three studies on mice.
All of the mice in the studies were fed high-fat diets typically consumed in Western countries, with only half of the mice receiving grape supplements.
The researchers then compared the brain, liver and metabolic health of mice that received grape supplements with mice that did not.
“It adds a whole new dimension to the old saying ‘you are what you eat,'” study co-author Dr. John Pezzuto said in a statement.
In reality, grapes change the expression of genes, explains the professor of pharmacy, author of more than 600 scientific studies. “This is really remarkable,” he adds.
Scientists are learning how we turn genes on and off so we can have control over how the body develops throughout life.
Exercise, stress, diet, sleep and meditation are all thought to affect the expression of our genes.
Many people take antioxidant supplements, but Dr. John said it’s not possible to consume “enough” of an antioxidant to make a “big difference” to your health.
“But if you change the level of antioxidant gene expression, as we saw with grapes added to the diet, the result is a catalytic response that can make a real difference,” he explained.
The research was funded in part by the California Table Grape Commission, which provided the grapes used in the experiments.
Previous research found that strawberries can protect the brain from dementia by reducing inflammation.
Some of the early warning signs of dementia include: slow thinking, difficulty planning, problems with language, problems with attention and concentration, changes in mood or behavior.
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