Cabernet Sauvignon study into Alzheimers
Drinking moderate amounts of the red wine Cabernet Sauvignon may help reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. According to a new study, researchers at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that laboratory mice given wine from this grape variety over a seven-month period had ‘significantly reduced Alzheimer’s disease-type deterioration of spatial memory function’. This was compared to control mice treated with either ethanol or water alone. Presently, there are no known cures or effective preventive strategies for Alzheimer’s. However, the disease, which leads to memory loss, affects some 24 million people worldwide. So study authors Dr Giulio Maria Pasinetti and Dr Jun Wang believe their findings ‘give researchers and millions of families a glimpse of light at the end of the long dark tunnel for future prevention of this disease’.