Scientists test effects of resveratrol on brain diseases

Previous studies on animal models suggest several medical uses of resveratrol -- a compound present in red grapes, red grape juice, red wine, chocolate, tomatoes and peanuts-- for treatment of brain diseases. The team of Dr. R. Scott Turner, director of Georgetown University Medical Center's Memory Disorders Program, will be conducting a study to look into the effects of taking a daily dose of pure resveratrol on dementia patients and its effect on glucose and insulin metabolism in the older patients. The study will be conducted at 26 US academic institutions that are affiliated with the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study for a twelve-month period. Half of the patients will take placebo, while the other half will take resveratrol. This clinical trial will give light to the right effect of resveratrol on memory deterioration.

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