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Dementia

18 July 2011

Grapes may fight Alzheimer's disease

Grape seed polyphenols — a natural antioxidant — may help prevent the development or delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Grape seed polyphenols — a natural antioxidant — may help prevent the development or delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found.

The research, led by Giulio Maria Pasinetti, MD, PhD, The Saunder Family Professor in Neurology, and Professor of Psychiatry and Geriatrics and Adult Development at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, was published online in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Previous studies suggest that increased consumption of grape-derived polyphenols, whose content, for example, is very high in red wine, may protect against cognitive decline in Alzheimer's. This new finding, showing a selective decrease in the neurotoxin Aβ*56 following grape-derived polyphenols treatment, corroborates those theories.

 

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