A GLASS of orange juice a day could be the key to managing Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists have found that vitamin C can help reverse the build-up of toxic proteins which form into harmful plaques in the brains of sufferers.
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden hope their discovery can be used to slow the progress of the disease in those who already have it.
Katrin Mani, reader in molecular medicine at the university, said: “When we treated brain tissue from mice that had Alzheimer’s disease with vitamin C, the toxic protein aggregates were dissolved.
The notion that vitamin C can have a positive effect on Alzheimer’s disease is controversial but our results open up new opportunities for research and the possibilities offered by vitamin C.”
Ms Mani added that while vitamin C is in fresh fruit it can be absorbed in larger quantities from fruit juice.
She said: “Vitamin C is not a drug and having an extra daily glass of orange juice would do no harm.”
At least 750,000 people in the UK have Alzheimer’s, a number which is expected to double by 2050. There is no cure or effective treatment and the cost to the NHS is predicted to rise to £50billion in the next 30 years.