Red Wine Can Fight Alzheimer's If You Can Down 1,000 Bottles A Day!

By Peter R - 13 Sep '15 17:17PM

Daily intake of a compound found in red wine can preventing worsening of Alzheimer's disease, a new study found.

According to The Times of India, researchers showed in a phase 2 clinical trial involving that resveratrol, found in dark chocolate, red grapes, raspberries besides red wine, can stabilize amyloid-beta40 levels over a year. Abeta 40 is a biomarker for the disease and its decline is one of the parameters indicating worsening of dementia. The study involved 119 participants with mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's disease.

"A decrease in Abeta40 is seen as dementia worsens and Alzheimer's disease progresses; still, we can't conclude from this study that the effects of resveratrol treatment are beneficial. It does appear that resveratrol was able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier, which is an important observation," said the study's principal investigator Dr. R, Scott Turner of Georgetown University's Medical Center, according to Medical News Today.

Some participants in the trial were orally given resveratrol twice a day equivalent to the quantity in 1,000 bottles of wine. The rest were given a placebo.

Participants who received resveratrol also showed a reduction in brain volume, which could indicate a reduction in swelling and inflammation.

"A similar decrease in brain volume was found with some anti-amyloid immunotherapy trials," Dr. Turner added.

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