Animal research has once again offered a valuable insight for one of the leading mental illnesses in the World Today - Alzheimer's disease. Red wine has always hogged a fair share of the limelight, with its perceived benefits to the heart and brain. A recent study seems to suggest that Red wine may be the elixir that mental health researchers have been looking for!
The researchers, from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, studied Mice, which were portraying alterations in the brain akin to Alzheimer's. The mice were fed with doses of Cabernet Sauvignon. It was observed that benefits of red wine was noticeably higher than the effects of ethanol or water; the mice showed remarkable reduction in the trademark alterations associated with memory in Alzheimer's disease.Indeed, Cabernet Sauvignon's contribution is crucial, preventing plaque accumulation in the brain, a distinguishing feature in the development of Alzheimer's.
Researchers Dr. Giulio Maria Pasinetti and Dr. Jun Wang said "This study supports epidemiological evidence indicating that moderate wine consumption, within the range recommended by the FDA dietary guidelines of one drink per day for women and two for men, may help reduce the relative risk for AD clinical dementia."
Despite this finding, the time is not ripe for a carte blanche prescription of this remedy on humans. Threadbare Clinical trials on humans will prove if the perceived goodness of red-wine on Alzheimer's actually holds water.