Muscadine grapes may fight Alzheimer’s

Muscadine grapes may fight Alzheimer’s

Muscadine grapes are a species native to the southern part of America, and have been grown since the 16th century. They are very commonly used in fine wines and have shown health benefits.

New research from the Georgetown University Medical Center shows that muscadine grapes may fight Alzheimer’s.

Muscadines are high in a compound called resveratrol, which is an antioxidant that brain protecting benefits. Previous research has shown that resveratrol may slow down the progression of dementias including Alzheimer’s.

One of the reasons why resveratrol is so effective with brain related conditions is because it has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and attack diseases and inflammation at the source.

The latest research on resveratrol shows that it helps stabilize amyloid-beta plaque buildup, which is considered a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

In the study, half of the participants were given 1,000 mg of resveratrol, while the other half of the participants received a placebo.

As reported by Market Business:

In patients with Alzheimer’s, amyloid-beta levels decrease in the cerebrospinal fluid, while deposits of the substance increase in the brain, where it becomes insoluble. These insoluble plaques are a hallmark of the disease, which eventually leads to the death of nerve cells in the brain. ‘Somehow, resveratrol is affecting cerebrospinal amyloid levels,’ Dr. R. Scott Turner… told FoxNews.com. ‘We don’t quite fully understand why or how, but [we] think it may be related to sirtuins.’”

In other words, the resveratrol group showed no change in amyloid-beta plaque levels, which is a good sign. Also, the placebo group showed normal progression of the disease.

We need more studies to see if it really does have benefit and then it could be turned into more effective drugs that can better target Alzheimer’s,” concluded Dr. R Scott Turner, lead author of the study.

The study showing that muscadine grapes may fight Alzheimer’s was published in the journal Neurology.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Resveratrol Benefits May Offer Protection Against Alzheimer’s.” Mercola.com. Mercola.com, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015.
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