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Are pomegranates next brain food?

The link between diet and dementia is well documented, and now researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the US National Institute on Aging have found that eating more pomegranates, strawberries and walnuts can help improve people's memory. Alzheimer's patients.

These foods contain a substance called urolithin A, a substance produced by intestinal bacteria.

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“Our research in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease shows that urolithin A, a naturally occurring substance in pomegranates, can alleviate memory problems and other consequences of dementia,” said Vilhelm Bohr, associate professor at the University's Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. of Copenhagen, in a press release.

Researchers have found that eating more pomegranates, strawberries and walnuts can help improve the memory of Alzheimer's patients. (iStock)

In patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, the brain has difficulty removing weak mitochondria, causing the brain function.

Utolithin A has been shown to clear weak mitochondria from the brain, restoring cognitive function, the researchers found.

The study's findings were published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia.

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Researchers are unsure how much of the substance is needed to achieve positive results.

“We still can't say anything definitive about the dosage, but I would imagine it's more than a pomegranate a day,” Bohr said.

“However, the drug is already available in pill form and we are currently trying to find the right dosage.”

Pomegranate

Pomegranates contain a substance called urolithin A, a substance produced by gut bacteria that has been shown to improve memory and brain function. (iStock)

Utolithin A could ideally be used as a safe way to prevent neurological diseases, he noted.

“The advantage of working with a natural substance is the reduced risk of side effects,” he says.

“Clinical trials of urolithin A have been effective in muscle diseases, and now we need to look at Alzheimer's disease.”

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Based on the 'promising results' seen in the mouse models, the researchers plan to clinical trials on people.

Tanya Freirich, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Charlotte, North Carolina, was not involved in the study but shared commentary on the findings.

“Long-term treatment with urolithin A significantly improved learning, memory and olfactory function (smelling) in mice,” she told Fox News Digital.

“The advantage of working with a natural substance is the reduced risk of side effects.”

“As a dietitian, I always advise people to discuss any supplements with them personally medical care provider before you start.”

Because the research is still very new and has so far only been conducted in mice, Freirich noted that the results “cannot be extrapolated to humans with certainty.”

She added: “I would definitely recommend to anyone that adding pomegranates, strawberries and walnuts to the diet is a great idea.”

Pomegranate salad

“I would definitely recommend to anyone that adding pomegranates, strawberries and walnuts to the diet is a great idea,” said one nutritionist. (iStock)

“These are whole, unprocessed and very nutritious foodrich in antioxidants and, in the case of walnuts, omega 3 fatty acids.”

These foods are unlikely to cause harm when consumed in normal portion sizes, Freirich noted, unless there is an allergy or other specific reason to avoid them.

Other recommended foods for brain health include adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, olive oil), green leafy vegetables, berries and legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas), according to Freirich.

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Continue for at least 150 minutes fysical activity per week and keeping the brain sharp with activities and community involvement can also help ease Alzheimer's symptoms, the nutritionist added.

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Erin Palinski-Wade, a New Jersey dietitian and author of the book “Belly Fat Diet For Dummies,” who was also not involved in the study, said the “promising” results support other research that has found a link between pomegranates and improved cognition and memory.

Older couple eating

“More research needs to be done to determine how much pomegranate is needed to achieve cognitive benefits, but adding even small amounts of pomegranate to the diet can be beneficial for overall health,” a nutritionist told Fox News Digital. (iStock)

“More research needs to be done to determine how much is needed to achieve cognitive benefits, but with the addition of even small amounts pomegranate to the diet can be beneficial for overall health,” she told Fox News Digital.

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Pomegranates are also rich in antioxidants and fiber, Palinski-Wade noted, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and reduce future disease risk.

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“Adding pomegranate seeds to salads, smoothies or on top of yogurt or incorporating 100% pomegranate juice can be a great addition to your diet and an easy way to increase your overall intake of nutrients that benefit the brain,” said the nutritionist .

Fox News Digital reached out to the study's researchers and the Alzheimer's Association for comment.

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