Fruit may help stave off neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, it has emerged.
New research from Cornell University shows that extracts from a variety of fruits including apples, bananas and oranges reduce the damage these conditions can cause to nerve cells in the brain and spine, reports the Daily Mail.
The team claim that antioxidants found in these fruits prevent toxicity in neurons under stress – previous studies have already established that the brains of Alzheimer's patients are subject to increased stress.
Professor Chang Lee, who led the research, told the newspaper: "Our results suggest that fresh apples, bananas and oranges in our daily diet, along with other fruits, may protect neuron cells.
"They may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease."
According to the Alzheimer's Society there are currently 700,000 people living in the UK who suffer from dementia.
Statistics from the Parkinson's Society show that around 120,000 individuals suffer from Parkinson's disease.
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