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Grapes 'stave off Alzheimer's'

Grapes 'stave off Alzheimer's'
18th July 2011

Eating grapes could potentially stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists.

Natural antioxidant grape seed polyphenols could prevent the neurodegenerative condition developing or delay its progression, according to research published in the Journal of Alzheimer's disease.

Dr Giulio Maria Pasinetti, study leader, said that it is "critical" that biomarkers are utilised to detect which people are at the highest risk of developing Alzheimer's in order for the grape-derived polyphenols to be at their most effective.

"Since naturally occurring polyphenols are also generally commercially available as nutritional supplements and have negligible adverse events even after prolonged periods of treatment, this new finding holds significant promise as a preventive method or treatment," said the expert.

In other news, people can lower their risk of cancer by consuming five pieces of fruit and vegetables per day, according to one expert.

Emma Malcolm, chief executive of Prostate Action, said that eating five pieces of fruit and vegetables per day and reducing sale, fat and sugar intake could lessen the likelihood of developing cancer.

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