A new research has shown that a natural antioxidant found in grapes may protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and it affects about 24 million people worldwide.
Now scientists at the Mount Sinai Medical School in the United States discovered that chemicals called polyphenols can prevent the creation of protein beta-amyloid, which is considered one of the main causes of this disease.
During the experiment, mice that received polyphenol extract from grapes had significantly reduced the creation of the previously mentioned proteins in the brain.
The results of this study were published in the medical journal “Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease,” and experts agree that this is just the beginning, but they also believe these findings could pave the way for the development of new drugs to treat this horrible disease in the future.
Dr. Giulio Maria Pasinetti, lead researcher from the Mount Sinai Medical School, says this discovery is very promising as a new preventive method.
“It is very important to detect people at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as early as possible, so that we can initiate their treatment very early, even in patients who show no symptoms,” Dr. Pasinetti concluded.