You’ve probably heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?  Well a recent study suggests that a couple of apples a day might keep the neurologist away.

“Apples have just the right dose of antioxidants to raise levels of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that’s essential to memory and tends to decline with age,” says Tom Shea, PhD, director of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Cellular Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration Research.

Antioxidants help preserve memory by protecting brain cells against damage from free radicals. A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

A study Shea coauthored with Amy Chan, PhD, published last year in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found that mice suffering from the equivalent of normal human age-related memory loss or early Alzheimer’s disease got a memory boost when they consumed a daily dose of apple juice. After just 1 month, those mice did a far superior job on a maze, which tests short-term memory, than the animals that didn’t get the drink.

Besides helping your memory and protecting your brain, apples have also been shown to lower your risk for many cancers.

Shea recommends consuming two-to-three apples or one-to-two 8 ounce glasses of apple juice each day.

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  1. woo amazing ! it is interesting to improve your memory by having an apple every day that’s supper. memory can also be enhance through Hormone Replacement Therapy.

  2. Not only that, it has good source of anti-oxidant and good general health too! Eat variety of apples from red to green and various types like Galas, etc. I met one nutritionist who asked us to eat 3 apples per day! It’s kinda difficult, but I stick back to one per day for now.

  3. Certainly really awesome tip. An apple has always been healthy. And to hear it can improve memory is really a great. Appreciate the information. Cheers

  4. The king of health foods is flax seeds.

    But speaking of apples, do not forget apple cider vinegar. Vinegar (any kind) is full of antioxidants and reduces the glycemic index.

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  5. Thats amazing, who would have thought apples would be this useful huh..and the best part is, everyone loves them. I mean how can you not? they’re apples! thank you so much for sharing! this made my day..

  6. Hummm looks like the old wives tales are true…. I like apples very much and will make sure that I have them regularly

  7. This is news to me! I mean i love apples. But I never thought it would boost up my memory.An apple a day does keep the doctor away after all!!

  8. This has to do with the essential vitamins that are found in an apple in it’s natural forms. Maybe one day science can harvest these ingredients and make a drink or a pill out of it. Until then have the apple because above all else it taste great.
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  9. Excellent post! Eat variety of apples from red to green and various types like Galas, etc. I met one nutritionist who asked us to eat 3 apples per day! It’s kinda difficult, but I stick back to one per day for now.

  10. Eat variety of apples from red to green and various types like Galas, etc. and make a drink or a pill out of it. Until then have the apple because above all else it taste great.

  11. As we age, the cells in our nervous system accumulate more and more damage from chemicals called “free radicals”. Although harmful, free radicals are produced naturally in the body over time.

    Free radicals cause oxidative (destructive) damage to our cells, which makes our cells work less efficiently. In particular, oxidative damage to your brain cells can contribute to loss of memory.

    The challenge is to protect your body against oxidative damage and reverse it if possible. That’s where apples and other foods that contain “anti-oxidants” come into play.

  12. The “people who eat 5 or more apples a week have lower respiratory problems” seems like one of the many instances of misinterpreting correlation as causation. So obviously people who eat 5 or more apples a week are probably healthier in general for the most part, they probably don’t smoke….

  13. So it’s partly true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The only problem you have is you have to remember to eat the apple.

  14. Thanks for the information. Apples certainly have some great health benefits. Appreciate the effort. Cheers

  15. I’ve always heard the an apple a day saying..but I guess there is some truth in it. Thanks for sharing!

  16. According to the old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. That apple might also help keep memory loss away.

    As we age, the cells in our nervous system accumulate more and more damage from chemicals called “free radicals”. Although harmful, free radicals are produced naturally in the body over time.

  17. Amazing how much a simple fruit can improve your health by so much. Another thing I found very interesting was that a banana is enough to give you 45 minutes of energy!! Its perfect for sports!

  18. Excellent post! it was not known that such charitable apples are , only I thought that they were tasty, thanks for information.
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  19. Great article. Fruits are really helpful food items when consumed correctly and at the right time. But most of the people don’t understand this fact. Especially after meals, all the fancy desserts are not so good. Nothing like some fresh fruits to boost up your energy and improve your health. Great article. Cheers

  20. I particularly have had luck with replacing my morning coffee with a good apple, so far, so good. It’s working pretty well for me so far.

  21. People still think its a myth that apples can actually prevent a visit to the doctor, well obviously you cant not see the doctor but it definitely is good for your health, and guess what? it tastes great aswell!

  22. Don’t you ever wonder why apples are so healthy? Well so are other fruits, but why apples? I mean I love them, and I think they are delicious! Just a point to ponder…

  23. Very interesting article, I had no idea the power that had an apple, from now on I will test to determine whether the effect referred to preserve the memory, works.

  24. Apples really have some good health values. Much better than other fruits. Not that other fruits are bad but Apples are better. Especially with the brain cells. And hence the improvement in memory

  25. I have read that studies now show that vitamins from vegetables are real brain boosters, and helps memory improvement severely. Apples contains a lot of these vitamins i guess..

  26. Apples have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and contain small amounts of potassium, which may promote heart health, help maintain healthy blood pressure and a healthy weight. Probably explains everything now? :D
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  27. Personally I’ve been eating apples regularly and actually it has more benefits than just improving memory. It gives a serious boost in metabolism as well. One super food to have.

  28. Yeah you rarely get something that is nutritious that is actually appealing to ones taste! Apples are probably one the delicious fruits, and yet it is so healthy!

  29. Personally I’ve been eating apples regularly and actually it has more benefits than just improving memory.

  30. I used to think that this was rubbish, but then I actually started eating apples regularly, And I felt like I had a lot more stamina than before, I guess apples are actually really very healthy!

  31. Apples have always been my favourite, it is probably the tastiest fruit, not to mention juiciest! and the best part is you only get healthier by eating more! how fantastic is that!

  32. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and it prevents damage leading to different types of diseases.

    Vitamin B can improve our thinking ability.

    Vitamin E can help preserve brain function and protect nerve-cell degeneration. It is also one of the important antioxidants that our brain needs.

    Carbohydrates are good for the brain, because they contain Glucose which are known as the brain fuel. It gives off energy for us to concentrate, remember, learn, and other activities.

    Then there’s your protein. Amino acids are obtained from protein. Neurotransmitters need those amino acids to relay or become a messenger from one nerve cell to another. A high protein meal can make us feel energized because it increases the tyrosine levels of our brain and blood. Tyrosine and tryptophan are some of the different types of amino acids. And because tyrosine can make us become more energized, our brain can concentrate more.

  33. Apples! whats not to like? tasty, nutritious, tasty, healthy, tasty!

    I still make it a point to eat atleast an apple a day, not for anything else, but just because its such a tasty snack!

  34. I believe apples are gods way of showing us that he wants us to be happy! What cant an apple do? quench your thirst,its full of nutrition and it tastes amazing!
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  35. Well this has to be true eh? Even though Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit which was an Apple! does not mean its not healthy! so keeping your apples people!
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  36. We here in Brazil eat a lot of apples.

  37. Thanks for the interesting post about apples. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  38. Indeed apples are no doubt one of the healthiest fruits, and gives you amazing memory boosting, thank you for sharing this with us..cheers..

  39. Right, I’m off to eat an apple. It is funy though how you do start to loose your memory or the ability to concentrate as uou get older so information like this is really useful. Of course you should always try to reduce the inputs of free radicals into your body from smoking, alcohol and coffee etc but information like this is very poinient!

  40. Apples will probably be the most nourishing and the best tasting fruit that you’ll ever eat..It would probably be hard to find someone who doesnt like to have apples in this world!

  41. wow!! thts amazing that apple can help to improve your memory , also see memory improvement

  42. Yes, as a matter of fact apples to help you remember better, before I used to sit for an exam I used to have tons of apples and it totally worked, I dont know what sorta vitamins they’ve got but trust me it works!

  43. That’s a really great article and healthy tip. Apples have such an immense amount of nutrients and is really the best fruit to have daily. Thanks for the information. Cheers

  44. I’ve also heard that fish oil improves your memory. And of course the good ol’ hard work and excercise. Chess might also be a fun way to keep your memory up to date.
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  45. An apple is probably the best fruit in the world! its tasty its healthy and its so nutritious! I think there’s no one who hates apples!

  46. Interesting article. And yes the apple is the most nutrient fruit available. Really helps with many of the vital system functions. Cheers

  47. Great article.It’ great that you are helping to spread the awareness. I think every child should be given an apple in the morning except other food. Really would help the child trough the day.

  48. I don’t really think apples even need awareness as most people are already aware how healthy they are! probably because they taste so good, it creates a greater impact!

  49. Apples are probably one of those fruits from heaven, its got everything a human needs, nutrition and taste both combined to give one a satisfactory snack!!

  50. Its amazing how you can still find alot of “myths” or tales about apples. This one inparticular I’ve been hearing since I was younger.

  51. Eating well and sleeping well are key factors to help improve your memory. Apart from that some good brain exercises also can help.

  52. Apples are the best tasting fruits and also the most nutritious ones! i wish i owned an apple tree now :( that way i know ill get enough apples!

  53. Exactly whats on my head, who doesnt like apples!! I cant get enough of them actually, it just brightens up my day and makes things a lot more easier. Just have an apple for breakfast :)

  54. Apples, I’ve been eating them all my life.. Probably why I’m still alive! you dont need no medical checkups if you have a balanced diet, and apples just help you with it!

  55. Theres nothing more fruitfully delicious than an apple! And the fact that its so healthy would make everyone want one! gods creations are indeed amazing!
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  56. Apples are indeed a sign that god wants us to be happy.. With such brilliant nutrition it also is a treat to eat! yumm..

  57. Apples and Oranges! oh Apples are my favourite! that juicy fruit that quenches my thirst! Glad this is healthy, if not I’d be in big trouble!

  58. Apples. The fruit of endless nutrients.One of the best ever if you ask me. Some times I really don’t have time in the morning to grab a bite of breakfast. Especially when I’m late. An Apple always comes to the rescue. I can hang on till lunch without any problems at all. And the best part is you can get it from anywhere and have it anywhere. Less hassle but more benefits.

  59. Interesting indeed. Apples have always been my favorite source of nutrients on the go. Love it. Thanks for the article. Cheers

  60. Apples have always had a lot of nutrients to help in your day to day life. Such a healthy fruit. I try my best to have an apple every other day.

  61. wow, you just proved the old saying – an apple a day keeps the doctor away, surely apple helps a lot. Though, i hate the taste :( but i still eat it.
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  62. Apples and cucumbers are powerfull !

    But I still prefer oranges

  63. Apples! how can you not like the taste?! its juicy and delicious , im sure you ate something else instead! Oranges are nice, but apples are definitely a lot more healthier!

  64. Agreed. apples are a lot more nutritious than most people think, hence the whole doctor theory. Though you now have to be careful with the genetically modified ones…

  65. Apples are indeed one of the best fruits ever! So tasty and so healthy! why would you not want to eat them!? nature is amazing!

  66. Well everyones already said it! apples are Amazing! anything yoiu make and add apple to it just makes it a lot more tastier. dont believe me? apple pie? apple tarts? apple ice cream? its definitely one of the best!
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  67. To bad i’m allergic to apples :( I love apples, but just can’t eat them anymore, after somewhat “overdoing” it when I was younger.. I ate too much I was told – so actually not healty that either :(

  68. Apples are by far the best things to eat. You just need to make sure your getting the right type of apples! They really get you hooked on and you end up eating them everyday..
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  69. Apples are definitely the tastiest fruit i have ever had! amazing creation! I just love an apple juice after work, so soothing!

  70. Well everyone just loves apples! and this is just one more reason to love them even more! Everyone would love to boost up their memory specially when you need cram you way through an exam!

  71. Apples! I knew they were nutritious but I had no idea they helped with the memory! that just makes it even more delicious! not sure how, but i do wanna eat more now!
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  72. Eat variety of apples from red to green and various types like Galas, etc. I met one nutritionist who asked us to eat 3 apples per day! It’s kinda difficult, but I stick back to one per day for now.

  73. Apples just tend to make your lives a lot better. And it just tastes so good, so why not have it everyday? it just gives you that great start you need to kick off that hectic day!
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  74. Everybody loves an apple or two a day but not 3, not sure if my memories any better for eating them.

  75. woohoo! not that I needed an excuse to eat lots of apples..

  76. Apples! yeah you cant really too many apples, but maybe one a day seems practical and healthy! you’re not supposed to over do it!

  77. wauw, I have a lot of problems with my memory. I do not eat apples that often but perhabs I should start with that. I do get other antioxidants thought, from oranges for example. I am also practicing with memory games to foster my neurotransmitters. Exciting article!
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  78. My grandma always said an apple a day keeps the doctor away and she live until she was 95!

  79. Hey, Sounds like I need to start eating a few more apples.

  80. Thank you for writing this. You have probably heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a recent study suggests that a couple of apples a day might keep the neurologist away :) Besides helping your memory and protecting your brain, apples have also been shown to lower your risk for many cancers.

  81. Apples are the best things ever! they really get you into a healthier mood alright! love them, and it really does keep you healthy, so have them apples!

  82. An apple has always been healthy. And to hear it can improve memory is really a great. Appreciate the information.

  83. I love apples and eat 3 a day – I’m therefore happy to hear this! Now where did I put my car keys… :)

  84. Apples are amazing, they just help so well in the morning, its like a pill to brighten up my day! Apples do have the best nutrients as well, so why not have em?!

  85. It’s sweet aroma….ahhh, it will make you relax. Have you ever wondered why scented candles choose the apple scent so often? It’s because apples remind us of home….and of comfort food. Apple pie, apple sauce, apple crisp, deserts to look forward to. Slice them, dice them, bake them or broil them. Tantalizing apples—they clean your teeth and freshen your breath!

  86. Apples are definitely the healthiest and tastiest fruits ever! i love the way it manages to quench your taste at the same time!

  87. Anybody else tried the ‘apple detox’? It’s basically just eating only apples and drinking only water (some grape juice is allowed) for a few days. The effect is meant to be extremely clear skin and a refreshed look – would love to give it a try if anyone has an experience with it!

  88. londonloans @ 2010-09-10 04:42

    Excellent Post!

  89. I used to do that but I think banana and apple is a much better antioxidant

  90. I am glad that I eat a lot of fruit especially appels:-)

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  92. I’ve been eating apples daily for a very long time, and even though some local media say this is not a good idea I’ve found it to be fantastic. One thing I have noticed with apples is that it really does give clear skin if you eat them regularly.

  93. Apple has many beneficial features, it can also make your teeth a little bit whiter. Some say that apple seeds are particulary good for your health.

  94. I agree that apples give you clearer looking skin. It is just an added bonus on top of that fact is that they also improve our memory.

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  95. Wow! is there anything they can’t do.

  96. I love apples, royal gala fit for a king I suppose. I try to start the day on an apple wherever possible. People say my skin is very good for my age, 44. Maybe being a fruit lover may help. I dont smoke and smoking rids the body of oxygen making your skin look older.

  97. i like apple,it is my best food.

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  99. Has it got to be pure apple juice you drink?Could you get away with drinking something like appletise ( thats a fizzy product)

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  101. I have an apple a day as part of my current diet regime and as well as many other factors i’ve lost 1 1/2 stone in under 2 months. My skin looks good and i’m 44.

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