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Research Seeks To Boost Value Of Alzheimer-fighting Polyphenols

October 14, 2009 by  

Research seeks to boost value of Alzheimer-fighting polyphenols  Compounds found in abundance in grape seeds and red wine have been known to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and new studies are seeking ways to enhance the value of their delivery.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that destroys memory and cognitive skills.

One team involved in this type of important research hails from Purdue University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The researchers have already been able to show that on the 10th consecutive day of feeding, the amount of polyphenols that reaches rats’ brains can be as much as 200 percent higher than on the first day.

Mario Ferruzzi, a Purdue associate professor of food science, explains that the results suggest regular consumption of products rich in polyphenols – rather than single, high doses – may constitute the best dietary approach.

"It’s like eating an apple a day, not a case of apples over two days every month," he adds.

Scientists have credited polyphenols with preventing the formation of beta-amyloid protein in the brain, which creates the plaques that are found in the brains of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • Thurman Marcum

    I am approaching seventy,Alzheimers runs in my family I had two aunts died from it,my oldest sister is showing symptons of it.I like to know more aabout the benefits of red wine.

  • April

    I have also heard that those with Altzheimer’s may have a high count of metal toxins. It might be worth looking into that angle as well as a metal cleanse. Also, research foods that is loaded with B vitamins and vitamin E and magnesium, you may just becomming deficient in these vitamins and find this small change might make all the difference in the world. Also, make sure you get enough morning sun which helps provide serotonin- an important chemical in the brain that helps with neuro transmission. I hope and pray you are successful in your search.

  • Bob Livingston

    Thurman Marcus,
    I don’t have any more information on this study beyond what appears here. However, we have a feature article running Monday, Oct. 19 about Alzheimer’s and some suggestions to prevent and/or treat the symptoms. In a nutshell, a product called phosphatidylserine (PS for short) can help reverse the effects of Alzheimers, according to a report by James F. Balch, M.D. To help prevent its onset I recommend natural nutrition that helps to keep the blood thin as we age, as well as supplements containing ginkgo biloba, garlic, niacin, EDTA and nattokinase. Also it is good to maintain proper oxygen levels in the blood by neutralizing acidity in the body. Look for Monday’s article, “Alzheimer’s Disease—The Curse of Modern Medicine” for more information.
    Best Wishes,

  • Sandra

    Would this be recommended for a post-meno-woman in her mid-60′s? I can tell a difference in my day-to-day memory. And where can PS be found (at a reasonable cost).

    • Bob Livingston

      Yes. PS can be found almost anywhere health supplements are sold. My preferred source is Health Resources™ (
      Best wishes,


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