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UMass Lowell Study Produces Breakthrough Results


Nutrients in Apples Improve Memory and Learning

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TODAY - MARCH 4, 2004

11 A.M.



WHAT:  UMass Lowell Prof. Thomas Shea will release the results of his new research which indicates that eating apples and drinking apple juice may protect brain health and mental acuity throughout life.  Shea's animal studies show that apple juice protects against Alzheimer's-like cell damage and maintains brain performance. 

WHERE:  MIL Conference Center, Wannalancit Mills, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

WHY :   At the press conference, Shea will detail his studies which showed that mice on diets augmented with apple juice tended to perform better on maze tests and had less oxidative brain damage than control groups.  His research suggests that the antioxidant potential of apple juice was responsible for the beneficial effects.  The findings of Shea, who is director of the University's Center for Cellular Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration Research in addition to being a biology professor, are published in February's issue of the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging.

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