Alzheimer’s and Resveratrol
Now there is a new kid on the Alzheimer’s block: resveratrol. Resveratrol, an organic compound found in red wine, grapes and peanuts and touted for its anti-aging and cancer prevention properties, is being analyzed in the lab for neutralizing the bad proteins in Alzheimer’s disease. Resveratrol has the ability to neutralize the toxic effects of proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease according to research led by Rensselaer Professor Peter M. Tessier. And reseveratrol is selective according to Tessier, ““Resveratrol picks out the clumps of peptides that are bad and leaves alone the ones that are benign…The surprise is that this molecule can target some of these packing arrangements that are toxic and rearrange them into packing arrangements that are not toxic. For those forms that are non-toxic, it doesn’t change them.”
However, no one knows if resveratrol crosses the blood/brain barrier. In the lab all this looks promising. And by now you know the qualifying statements: This discovery invites further study.
As for me, I plan on adhering to a Mediterranean Diet, exercising (cardio, strength training and stretching), fulfilling my purpose as a writer and speaker, reading and studying, socializing with friends and being creative with an activity like gardening to serve as a moving meditation. Laughter, love and life…
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