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Friday, March 3

What's good for the rats...

... is good enough for me. Besides, I need all the help I can get for this aging brain of mine. Came across this tidbit of interest while perusing the news at Yahoo -

Grape Juice Good for Aging Brain

FRIDAY, March 3 (HealthDay News) -- Antioxidant-rich concord grape juice may help keep aging brains limber, a study with rats suggests.

The study -- partly funded by grape juice maker Welch Foods Inc. -- included mature rats nearing the end of their expected life spans. Researchers put the rodents through a series of tests designed to measure their short-term memory and neuro-motor skills.

"Concord grape juice appeared to enhance the cognitive and some motor skills in the test animals. In many of the tests we saw significant improvements or trends toward improvement," lead researcher James Joseph, chief of the neurosciences laboratory at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, said in a prepared statement.

"As our population ages, we are continually looking for ways to maintain our mental and physical skills," Joseph noted.

"While these laboratory animal studies are certainly preliminary and much more work needs to be done, we know that consuming high levels of natural dietary antioxidants is a good thing from a number of perspectives. And it appears that drinking Concord grape juice has the potential to help retard the mental and physical declines of aging."

The findings appear in the March issue of the journal Nutrition.
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'Course a study touting the great benefits of grape juice that just happens to be funded by the leading grape-juice manufacturer in the world can't be wrong, can it??

Good thing I like the stuff anyway.


At 3/07/2006 4:42 PM, Blogger kajira said...

Oh, heck! I just spent almost all my money at the grocery this morning! That'll teach me to pay attention to your blog more often!! I never even look in the juice aisle, and I need some V8 too.

Well, I'll put it on the list, I guess. Thanks for the heads up!

At 3/08/2006 5:10 PM, Blogger me said...

Sure thing - Lew got some too - I hope it doesn't stain my teeth like it stains everything else though! :)


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