Grape Seed Extract May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s, Improve Memory

Though it may not be public knowledge, there exists a mouse bred solely for the purpose of researching Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In the July issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, a study was published that features these unusual mice, their brains’ response to consuming grapeseed extract, and the extract’s influential role in AD.

Alzheimer’s is caused by the build up of plaque (from “beta-amyloid deposits”) in the brain, resulting in damaged brain cells and progressive dementia. Over 13 million people worldwide suffer from this heart-breaking disease.

The dietary supplement, grape seed extract, contains high levels of polyphenols, a nutrient also found in red wine and thought to provide health benefits. These potent antioxidants have been shown in in vitro studies to prevent the accumulation of the beta-amyloid deposits, thus averting the build up of plaque. Researchers at the highly-esteemed Mount Sinai’s Center of Excellence studied the effect of grape seed extract on the AD-prone mice. When the mice consumed the extract, their incidence of developing the disease decreased significantly.

Dr. Giulio Maria Pasinetti from the Mount Sinai study said, “The implications of these studies, however, are not limited to patients suffering from AD. In fact, amyloid is present in everyone’s brain … (grape seed extract) might even help prevent memory loss in people who have not yet developed AD.”

Grape Seed Extract (100 mg), from Enzymatic Therapy, is standardized to contain 95% polyphenols, including the potent procyanidolic oligomers (PCOs) antioxidant, and is a recommendation of the NEEDS Wellness Team.

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