Alzheimers & Grape Seed Connection

Alzheimer’ Disease is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a “progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes,” as defined by the Alzheimer’s Association of America. It is caused by the build-up of plaque from beta-amyloid deposits and is associated with an increase in brain cell damage and death from physiological stress on the body. That stress is caused by damage done by free radicals and is associated with aging.

A study, performed at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, used a specific kind of mouse, which experiences a similar buildup of the beta-amyloid proteins, to be modeled after human Alzheimer’s disease.* The researchers found that oral administration of the grape seed extract led to a significant reduction in the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the study, grape seed extract may even be able to prevent memory loss in people who had not yet developed Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s research contains examples of the potential benefit of antioxidants, especially those found in fruit, to improve brain health.

Grape Seed Extract is available in the Viteyes® Advanced Formulas, as well as Viteyes® Complete.

*Jun Wang, L. Ho, W. Zhao, K. Ono, C. Rosensweig, L. Chen, N. Humala, D.B. Teplow, G.M. Pasinetti. Journal of Neuroscience. “Grape-Derived Polyphenolics Prevent A-beta Oligomerization and Attenuate Cognitive Deterioration in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease.” June 2008, Volume 28, Pages 6388-6392, doi:10.1523/ JNEUROSCI. 0364-08.2008.

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