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