Many folks think it was a regular old apple that tempted Eve to disobey God.
However, according to scholars there’s every reason to believe the “apple” referred to in the Bible was actually a juicy and delicious pomegranate.
But EVE’S downfall could turn out to be YOUR brain savior. Because scientists say, pomegranate appears to put the brakes on age-related memory decline.
Our brains naturally shrink a bit as we age. And many folks experience a little forgetfulness as they get older. But sometimes that decline can happen faster… or be more serious… then we anticipate.
Around 110 million older adults have a memory issue of one kind or another. While one million folks in the US have an official case of mild cognitive impairment or MCI.
In other words, a whole lot of us have some sort of cognitive complaint. Which is why a new UCLA study has so many folks excited.
The new research revealed a simple way for any one of us to slow our memory loss down to a crawl. And that, of course, is to make pomegranate a part of your regular routine.
Studies show pomegranate is BRAIN food
The new UCLA study isn’t the first time we’ve had hints that this tasty fruit could help us with brain health.
Animal studies, for example, had already revealed that both antioxidant-rich berries and pomegranates could help with memory.
Plus, in an earlier double-blind study after just a month pomegranate juice had improved visual memory in a group of volunteers.
And a functional MRI confirmed that the juice caused areas of the brain involved with visual memory to light up like Christmas trees.
But in the new study pomegranate juice really knocked it out of the park.
Learning IMPROVED with pomegranate juice
Researchers recruited 261 volunteers to be part of the new, double-blind, randomized study. All the participants were between the ages of 50 and 75.
And they had a wide range of cognitive abilities from “sharp as a tack” straight on through to MCI.
For a year volunteers downed a daily eight-ounce glass of either pomegranate juice or a similar look-alike placebo drink which had no polyphenols.
The researchers used two different kinds of memory tests to track results.
First, there was a visual learning and retention test. Using geometric shapes, the test measures learning, total recall, and delayed recall.
And second, there was a word recall test. Using 12 words it measured long-term retrieval, total recall, and long-term storage.
By the end of the study learning scores for the folks in the placebo group had plummeted by about 26 percent.
But, incredibly, the pomegranate juice drinkers didn’t just avoid losing ground. They also GAINED about 14 percent on their learning scores.
Make this memory superfood a regular habit
Researchers aren’t positive yet what makes pomegranate such a memory superstar.
But they have a couple of solid theories…
A microbiome boost:
Studies show that shifts in the bacteria which call our gut home can affect memory and learning. And our guts transform the polyphenols in pomegranate into urolithins. Urolithins cross the blood-brain barrier and have all kinds of potential health benefits. Researchers believe supporting memory may be one of them.
Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants. Researchers say their natural anti-inflammatory effects could support memory and learning. And they may also have the ability to fight the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s-linked memory loss.
Either way, there’s plenty of proof that this biblical fruit has brain benefits. Eating more pomegranate could help slow age-related memory loss to a crawl. Plus, it could BOOST your brain power, helping to improve your ability to learn.
So when pomegranates are in season go ahead and indulge. And both pomegranate juice and supplements are available all year around.