Grape News! for memory decline

Sharon Bonin-Pratt is an artist, writer and one of the most compassionate people I know.  On her Ink Flare blog she often posts about her journey with her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease.  Shari’s poignant and  personal account has made me all the more aware of research and issues surrounding this punishing disease.

Since we believe that “food is medicine” here’s research that impacts not only Alzheimer’s but all brains.

Grape Friends by Peggy

“Consuming grapes twice a day for six months protected against significant metabolic decline in Alzheimer-related areas of the brain in a study of people with early memory decline. Low metabolic activity in these areas of the brain is a hallmark of early stage Alzheimer’s disease.”

“Study results showed a grape-enriched diet protected against the decline of metabolic activity. Additionally, those consuming a grape-enriched diet also exhibited increased metabolism in other areas of the brain that correlated with individual improvements in attention and working memory performance, compared to those on the non-grape diet. Results of the randomized controlled research study, conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, were recently published in Experimental Gerontology.”

“The study examines the impact of grapes as a whole fruit versus isolated compounds and the results suggest that regular intake of grapes may provide a protective effect against early decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Daniel H. Silverman, lead investigator of the study. 

“In the study, subjects with early memory decline were randomly selected to receive either whole grape powder – equivalent to just 2 ¼ cups of grapes per day – or a polyphenol-free placebo powder matched for flavor and appearance. Cognitive performance was measured at baseline and 6 months later. Changes in brain metabolism, assessed by brain PET scans, were also measured at baseline and 6 months later.”

“The results showed that consuming grapes preserved healthy metabolic activity in the regions of the brain that are affected by the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, where metabolic decline takes hold. Subjects who didn’t consume grapes exhibited significant metabolic decline in these critical regions. Additionally, those consuming the grape-enriched diet showed beneficial changes in regional brain metabolism that correlated to improvements in cognition and working memory performance.”

“Grape polyphenols help promote antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Research suggests that grapes may help support brain health by working in multiple ways – from reducing oxidative stress in the brain to promoting healthy blood flow in the brain to helping maintain levels of a key brain chemical that promotes memory to exerting anti-inflammatory effects.”

Read the entire article, click here: Grapes Benefit Brain Health

 

Pawsitively Tuesday – watch your step

It’s better to walk alone

than in a crowd going in the wrong direction

even when it’s very difficult to find the path.

Thanks to Sharon Bonin-Pratt, Ink Flare for adding this last line.

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Frankly Freddie – Sniffing Around

CATNIP readership, is particularly well-read and accomplished, not to mention famous, as evidenced by the current group of winners.

I’ve done a bit of sniffing around and found that the winners of my subscriber drawing, in addition to a prize which will be arriving by mail from Catnip Zazzle store, deserve plugs for their accomplishments.

James Greco

James 

A published author and writes a blog –

https://fjamesgreco.wordpress.com/ Thoughts on writing, music, news, & politics”

He’s owned by Wicket, a Bichon-Poodle Canine Dog

Jacqui Murray

Jacqui

Published author and writes 3 blogs – One of which is Worddreams (if you are a teacher check out her other blogs) https://worddreams.wordpress.com/

Currently owned by a dog and 3 blogs

Vandi Clark  

Vandi

An actress, known for The Lathe of Heaven (1980), Snake with a Human Tail (2014) and Jack’s Bad Day (2010).

Currently owned by 1 dog and 5 cats. 

AND That’s NOT ALL.  

Peggy & Judy share appreciation for two people who donated their time and expertise to helping get CATNIP’s paws off the ground.  They instructed me to send them a thank-you gift from CATNIP Zazzle store too:

Sharon Bonin-Pratt

Not literally Shari

Writer & creative Artist, which is apparent by the creative picture on her blog.

Her blog is Ink Flare Blog  https://sharonboninpratt.wordpress.com/

Currently owned by Grandchildren

Shari spent a lot of time reading and critiquing CATNIP content, linking and formatting which helped Peggy & Judy look like they knew what they are doing. 

Ronna Skinner

Graphic designer extraordinaire 

Ronna

(who I thanked before but NOW she’ll get a thank you gift too!)

Ronna helped get the cats Peggy drew, safely perched onto the letters where they can play with “CATNIP” to their hearts content and make Peggy & Judy look professional.

If you want CATNIP gifts YOU should volunteer.

Frankly,

Freddie Parker Westerfield

Drawing Master