I’m fighting dementia with chocolate and red wine

chocolate and red wine
Chocolate and red wine – the perfect combination.

I’m gratified to learn from BBC Radio 5 Live’s excellent dementia feature this lunchtime that consuming chocolate and red wine can help protect you against developing that most hideous disease.

So I’m now happy that I might retain all my mental faculties, right up until I prematurely die from obesity. Phew!

Oh, hang on a minute, I also need a regime of quality sleep, low stress and an active social life (not always easy with three kids). Hmmmm…

The slowing effects that consuming chocolate and red wine on advancing dementia are down to a chemical called resveratrol.


Not a wonder drug … yet

According to sciencealert.com:

Resveratrol, which is also contained in red grapes and various berries, was taken in its purified form by a number of participants with mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease; meanwhile, a control group took a placebo.

After a one-year study, the group taking resveratrol supplements showed little or no change in the levels of amyloid-beta40 (Abeta40) in their blood and cerebrospinal fluid, while those in the control group saw their levels diminish as usually occurs with the worsening of the disease. The build-up of amyloid proteins in the brain are thought to be one of the key causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

While the results are promising, the researchers involved are cautious to not label resveratrol a wonder drug just yet. The findings, published in Neurology, may be “very interesting” according to the study’s principal investigator, R Scott Turner from Georgetown University in the US, but they don’t yet prove that resveratrol halts the development of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain.

Further info: Alzheimer’s disease advice



Peter a journalist with 30 years experience of freelance writing, UK national newspaper and magazine production roles, and business development. In 2007, he developed and launched a mainstream-style green consumer magazine in the UK, called GreenerLiving, as a means of promoting sustainable change ‘within the system’. GreenerLiving closed during the post-crash recession, but Peter went on to become managing editor of the international ethical business title, Ethical Performance. However, Peter felt that the CSR sector has not succeeded in changing corporate priorities anywhere near fast enough, and so I decided to leave the treadmill of corporate employment and debt accumulation to focus on my own projects. Now poorer but a billion million times happier, he writes on political, economic and social issues – usually seriously, but sometimes as satire. He's currently writing Psychopath Economics, a book about the logic of social and economic power, belief systems, and the rise and fall of societies. Peter is convinced that ordinary people must educate themselves and exercise their economic leverage if we are to avoid social and environmental destruction.

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