Apples, bananas, and oranges appear to do more than just supply vitamins, minerals, and fiber as researchers discover the fruits may protect against neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Cornell University researchers discovered apple, banana, and orange extracts are phenolic phytochemicals — antioxidants that protect nerve cells.
Among the three fruits, apples contained the highest content of protective antioxidants, followed by bananas then oranges.
The authors concluded “[their] study demonstrated that antioxidants in the major fresh fruits consumed in the United States and Korea protected neuronal cells from oxidative stress….
“Additional consumption of fresh fruits such as apple, banana, and orange may be beneficial to improve effects in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.”
Source: Blackwell Publishing