An Apple a Day to Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay

According to recent research, an apple a day doesn’t just keep the doctor away. It may help you preserve your memory, as well.

A new study published in the Journal on Nutrition, Health, and Aging found that foods high in quercetin – a powerful antioxidant found primarily in the skin of red apples – help protect neurons from the free-radical damage that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease.

So go ahead and indulge in crispy, fresh fall apples like Red Delicious, Rome, and McIntosh. And remember: When it comes to apples, the redder, the better.

[Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder and CEO of Healing Gourmet (, a multimedia company that educates the public on how foods promote health and protect against disease, and is editor-in-chief of the Healing Gourmet book series, including Eat to Fight Cancer.]