Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the brain. It is progressive in nature and is fatal. It works by killing brain cells over time which causes decrease cognitive function. The result can be memory loss, difficulty problem solving, and will lead to death. According to the Alzheimer’s Association it is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. It currently has no cure, but recent studies have shown that resveratrol may aid in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
A study done at the Litwin-Zucker Research Center tested the effects of resveratrol on affected cells. When the drug was administered the spread of the disease slowed considerably. Resveratrol is the miracle ingredient found in the grapes used to make red wine. This drug is already used to increase an individual’s general heart health, help them lose weight, and as a preventative measure against many forms of cancer. Studies have repeatedly shown that groups of people who consume moderate amounts of red wine are in overall better health, and in this case have a much lower risk for developing Alzheimer’s.
The first international conference for health and the drug resveratrol will be held in Denmark from September 13th until September 16th. At this conference scientists from all over the world will meet to discuss how this drug has helped in Alzheimer’s research in their home countries and in the past. At this conference they hope to globally come to the understanding that resveratrol is beneficial in decreasing the risk and spread of Alzheimer’s. New theories will be brought up and plans to test them will be formed at this meeting. Each attending scientist would like a greater understanding of this ingredient that appears to increase the life of whoever ingests it.
How does it work?
Plague in the brain builds up between the nerve cells. There is a dangerous protein inside called a beta-amyloid and this is what does the damage to the brain. They block communication with confuses the natural reaction’s of the cells and they can no longer function or survive. What resveratrol does is create a proteasome that digests the harmful proteins into harmless peptide chains and amino acids. This effect is similar to the one it has on Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
A Glass of Win a Day
It appears a glass of wine a day may keep the doctor away as this miracle ingredient helps with heart health, cancer prevention, Alzheimer’s prevention, and the prevention of numerous other medical disorders already known and most likely to come. After this conference in a few months it should be clearer the effects of resveratrol and studies will be underway for questions that still need to be answered.
The Alzheimer’s Association
Resveratrol 2010 Conference