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Can Drinking Red Wine Reduce Risk of Alzheimers?

Ah, the burden of aging. So if we could just find a way to keep our bodies like they were at age 25, we'd be good to go. Maybe if we could just obliterate the mind disorders, so we can live our 75-90 years to the fullest. What are your chances of acquiring Alzheimers? Well, once you've hit the ripe old age of 85, your chances are about 50/50. That's horrible! It's basically a coin toss. There's got to be a better way of steering clear of this atrocious mind disorder.

However, there is a hope. According to new research, red wine may help sharpen the mind and reduce risk factors associated with Alzheimers disease. Red wines contain the compound resveratrol, which has been found to reduce levels of amyloid-beta peptides. Those are responsible for killing brain cells, loss of short-term memory, judgment and attention span. The study, appearing in the journal Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, compared three groups of mice: one group consumed Cabernet Sauvignon, another ethanol and another drank only water. After seven month, the mice that drank Cabernet Sauvignon averaged 50 percent fewer amyloid-beta plaques than the mice that drank water. This group of Cabernet drinking mice also performed better than the others in cognitive tests. The group given ethanol didn’t do that well as Cabernet drinking group. This fact supported researchers’ hypothesis that red wine reduces risk of Alzheimers via its polyphenols rather than its alcohol.

If drinking red wine can really cut risk of Alzheimers, that would be a great relief for all us. Because as many of us already know, new-age Alzheimer’s drugs just aren't doing the trick for everyone. Like any treatments, Alzheimers drugs are improving as times passes. There will constantly be new break-throughs and better medications. Hopefully by the times you hit that ripe golden age, there will be a cure for this relentless illness. But until then, somewhat effective Alzheimers drugs are all we have. And of course, we have variety of red wines from Cabernet to Shiraz to my personal favorite Pinot Noir. Drink in moderation and stay healthy. Cheers!!

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