Monday 20 November 2017

Red grapes proven beneficial in the battle against Alzheimer’s Disease

Red grapes and peanuts have been proven to boost memory and help in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
Red grapes and peanuts have been proven to boost memory and help in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Red grapes and peanuts have been proven to boost memory and help in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

Research has shown that red grapes, which contain the antioxidant resveratrol, protect cells from deterioration and can help fight dementia. 

The US study examined older rats and found that higher levels of resveratrol in their systems improved their learning, memory and mood.

The antioxidant present in peanuts and red grapes is also beneficial in reducing the likelihood of blood clots.

Professor Ashok Shetty of Texas A&M University where the study was conducted said: “The results of the study were striking.

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“They indicated that for the control rats who did not receive resveratrol, spatial learning ability was largely maintained but ability to make new spatial memories significantly declined between 22 and 25 months. By contrast, both spatial learning and memory improved in the resveratrol-treated rats,” he said.

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“The study provides novel evidence that resveratrol treatment in late middle age can help improve memory and mood function in old age.”

It is estimated that currently there are over 35,000 people with dementia in Ireland.

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