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Does red wine hold the key for Alzheimer’s sufferers?

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August 21st, 2012

Researchers are conducting a new clinical trial with the aim of finding out how a compound found in red wine affects the brains of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer s disease. This compound is called resveratrol, and it can also be found in other foods, including tomatoes, dark chocolate, and nuts. Previous studies of resveratrol on animal models have shown that it helps to turn on a gene that may protect the brain from age-related changes. With this study, scientists want to see in particular how resveratrol may affect the tangles typically found in the brains of Alzheimer s sufferers. Alzheimer s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects one in eight older Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Alzheimer s Association. This clinical trial is part of the Alzheimer s Disease Cooperative Study, which is a multi-site study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Participants in this study will not be gulping red wine, however. They will take the resveratrol in capsule form. According to the study s director, R. Scott Turner, M.D., the amount of resveratrol found in the capsules is about equivalent to 1,000 bottles of wine. For more information about this study or other Alzheimer s disease-related clinical trials, visit ClinicalTrials.gov.

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