Could red wine keep your brain from aging? Researchers say a substance in red grapes could even stop diseases like Alzheimer’s.
The study is being done at Georgetown University Medical Center. Researchers are focusing on a compound called "resveratrol."
They are still trying to figure out how it works but think it can activate a gene associated with brain aging. Researchers say the results could open new doors for treating other disorders that get worse as you get older.
Neurologist Dr. Raymond Turner said, “Of course aging is the major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, as well as diabetes, cancer and heart disease and so we think that if it really does target these genes that affect the aging process, then it has the potential to benefit many disorders, not just Alzheimer’s disease, but other like diabetes as well."
Patients in the study won't actually be drinking red wine. They will be given pills with a concentrated form of the compound. The dose will increase every three months and by the end of the year-long study, they'll have had the equivalent of 1,000 bottles of red wine.
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