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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

How Grapes May Protect Against Alzheimer's

A research presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference, an annual gathering of neuroscientists to present their research, says that resveratrol, quercetin, catechins and other phytonutrients found in grapes may protect against the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The study may as well suggest that eating grapes regularly will be beneficial for the long-term health of the brain and for the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's disease affects 24 million people worldwide and those usually affected are people over the age of 65. Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disease and is characterized by the formation of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.

Dr. Nancy Berman of the University of Kansas, School of Medicine is the lead researcher in this finding and she conducted her experiment on aging mice. One group of mice were given a grape-enriched diet while the other controlled group were not given grapes. The results of the experiment showed that there was a dramatic increase in the genes that block the Alzheimer's disease and a decrease in the inflammation of the brain of the mice on the grape-enriched diet.

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