In case of Alzheimer's, a complicated neurodegenerative disease of our modern time, conventional medicine only can suppress symptoms, with very limited success.
But there is (natural) hope on the horizon, inter alia based on recent clinical research at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and separately at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, with special reference to Mediterranean Diet, red wine playing a particular role.
Linda Berkovsky from Chattanooga, TN, asks:
My husband Rick has been diagnosed with cognitive decline. They don’t know yet if it is already Alzheimer’s. Any natural help to ward off?
Statistically, every minute, one U.S. citizen is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – rounded up to some 5 million in total nationwide. However, in case of this complicated disease, so far modern medicine only can suppress symptoms, with very limited success.
But there is (natural) hope on the horizon, inter alia based on recent clinical research at Georgetown University Medical Center which has been presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016 in Toronto, Canada, end of July 2016.
This respective innovative modality at question has to do with the immune response within the brain and comes with a very well known and appreciated natural substance – resveratrol.
According to latest research, resveratrol (well known for its support of different biologic mechanisms) may stop, or at least slow down, progress of Alzheimer’s.
WHAT IS RESVERATROL ?
In fact, resveratrol is a natural phenol which certain plants release as a kind of biologic defense when they are attacked or injured. Inter alia, blueberries, raspberries, grapes. This is how resveratrol is also found in wine – especially red wine.
Based on the fact that brains of Alzheimer’s patients are damaged by inflammation, resveratrol releases specific proteins – sirtuins - with an impact on neurodegenerative disease with their anti-inflammatory effect by decreasing inflammation caused swelling of the brain. With the possibility to stop or at least slow down mild and moderate Alzheimer’s.
Although further research is needed for scientific validation, additional to the findings at Georgetown University Translational Neurotherapeutics Program with 19 participants, the results are encouraging.
…and it is in line with another diet of which (red) wine is a very important part of: Mediterranean diet.
This traditional southern European diet, scientifically validated, inter alia, by Harvard University research, including lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, lean meat, nuts, olive oil as the main source of dietary fats – and (red) wine – may well reduce the potential risks of cognitive declines like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
According to research – in fact, a meta-analysis of 56 studies - at the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
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