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Drink Red Wine and Cheat Alzheimer's!

Posted on October 06 2017

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Have you heard of the French paradox? Despite eating food high in cholesterol and saturated fats, the rates of death from heart disease in France are very low relative to those in the UK. It’s long been thought that red wine is good for cardiovascular health, but it now seems that red wine may also help to prevent certain tumours, and even slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease!

A University of California pilot study suggests that moderate consumption of red wine helps to reduce the formation of proteins linked with the build-up of toxic plaques, known to lead to the destruction of brain cells in Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Red wine contains an anti-oxidant called Resveratrol, which scientists believe may help to strengthen brain activity in patients in the early stages of decline, and reduce the rate of progression of the disease. In another study, carried out using healthy old rats, it was found that Resveratrol stimulated blood vessel formation in the brain, resulting in significant improvements in spatial learning, memory and mood.

Which wine to drink? Pinot Noir and Merlot wines have the highest concentrations of Resveratrol, whilst Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz have the lowest.

At the time of writing, 850,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s in the UK.


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