A study by a research team from Reading University, headed by Dr Daniel Lamport, has found that the consumption of two daily glasses of orange juice has significant cognitive benefits such as better memory, speech and reaction times. All these benefits became evident within two months of the participants starting to drink the prescribed amount of juice each day, and can be attributed to chemicals called flavonoids, which are found in high levels in orange juice from natural juice brands made by an NFC fruit producer, as well as in orange peel extract. Flavonoids stimulate the activation of signalling pathways in the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with learning and storing information, resulting in improved memory.
The study was conducted on 37 healthy volunteers, who were made to drink 500mL of orange juice every day for 8 weeks. At the conclusion of the study, there were significant improvements in brain function by the participants who were aged 60-81, with memory, reaction time and verbal fluency improving 8% on average. With a rapidly growing elderly population, author of the study, Dr Daniel Lamport, has stated that it is “imperative that we explore simple, cost-effective ways to improve cognitive function in old age”. This is no doubt great news for any NFC fruit producer, who should expect to see a drastic increase in profit in the coming years.
Juices and peel extract from a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as tea, cocoa and red wine are known to contain flavonoids. However, oranges have a beneficial type of flavonoids called flavanones, one of the most easily absorbed flavonoids. This is likely the reason why the benefits of drinking 500mL a day of orange juice took effect so quickly in the study. Small, easily administered changes to the daily diet, such as eating more flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables, have the potential to substantially benefit brain health, and further support the evidence that flavonoid-rich foodstuffs could play a big role in tackling cognition decline in old age.
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