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Exciting New Studies Say Chocolate And Wine May Help Fight Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Resveratol in Wine

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There may be new hope in the fight against deterioration of the brain often found in the elderly. Resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of grapes, nuts, dark chocolate and even tomatoes, is currently being used in government and University based studies to determine if it can be used in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Healthy Resveratol in Wine

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This ground breaking research is the first of its kind, allowing researchers to determine if the anecdotal stories about these food groups helping people have any scientific validity. The study groups participating will be given either a placebo (if they’re in the control group) or a resveratrol pill consisting of 1,000 mg of the compound to determine its helpful effects. Part of the study is being used to determine not only if resveratrol is effective in combating degenerative brain disorders, but also to determine at what dosage level it becomes therapeutic. The latter half of the study is extremely important because, according to the study, attaining these levels of resveratrol is simply not feasible. The trace amounts of this compound that is consumed in a normal diet potentially wouldn’t be enough to achieve the desired results.

Resveratol lowered incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in lab studies using mice. This research has evolved to include more recent studies with humans, but not all the facts are in yet. It’s an exciting prospect that resveratol could actually slow the aging process in the brain and postpone symptoms of Alzheimer’s at the same time.

How the Brain Ages

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In addition to the government study being conducted there are also several universities around the country conducting similar studies, hoping to achieve positive results. The universities are part of a large scale project to study Alzheimer’s and other forms of brain disorders related to aging. These studies are using groups to validate the efficacy of resveratrol across a broad segment of the society suffering from cognitive abnormalities. Once again these studies will take two pronged approaches of determining if resveratrol is a viable option for people suffering from Alzheimer’s and what the correct dosage would be to see positive test results.

These studies are all in the latter phases of testing, as they have moved to using human control groups as opposed to animal studies. This is very exciting news for those suffering from the disease as well as family members and friends of those with Alzheimer’s.

A new focus on the aging brain is taking place in the scientific world  as the population at large continues to age and live much longer than even a few decades ago. In fact, a rather sobering statistic form the National Institute of Aging indicates that 5.3 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s. This portion of the population is growing at an exponential rate, particularly if you include the full range of dementia related diseases that can be lumped into this disorder.

How many Americans have Alzheimer's

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Healthy Recipe for No Cook Chocolate Pudding

chocolate pudding

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Serves 4

3 avocados
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup raw honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Sea salt
Puree avocados, cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla in a food processor until smooth. Sprinkle pudding with salt before serving.


In Conclusion

Many families and sufferers of this disease will be paying close attention to how all these studies turn out. Only time will tell for sure, but it is certainly fascinating to stay abreast of the latest scientific discoveries.

For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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