Could a compound found in fruit, vegetables, tea and red wine offer dementia hope?
Published 10 July 2009
A group of chemicals found in many fruits and vegetables, as well as tea, cocoa and red wine, could protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease.
Speaking today (Friday 10 July) at the British Pharmacological Society's Summer Meeting in Edinburgh, dementia expert Dr Robert Williams will discuss the potential therapeutic benefit of flavonoid compounds for people with dementia.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'Recent research into flavonoid compounds suggests they may play a key role in helping people reduce their risk of developing dementia. However more funding for further research is essential to determine exactly what the active ingredient is and how it works.
Dementia research on the whole is drastically under funded; the government invests eight times less in dementia research than cancer research.
Flavonoid compounds can be found in fruit, vegetables, tea and red wine. Dr Williams' comments are particularly interesting as this week is Dementia Awareness Week and Alzheimer's Society is encouraging people to reduce their risk of dementia by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting their blood pressure and cholesterol checked. For further information visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.'
Dr Susanne Sorensen
Head of Research
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