Research conducted by Professor Richard Dixon of the University of North Texas has shown conclusive evidence that grape seed compounds slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and may be capable of preventing the disease.
Now Dixon and his UNT team are trying to find out why.
The ground-breaking study being conducted in North Texas is attempting to pinpoint the exact areas of the brain that grape seed compounds affect, and precisely how it is they are able to reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Learning what it is about grape seed that allows it to work as an effective treatment of Alzheimer’s is fundamental in being able to develop more effective drugs in the future. It will give researchers solid ground to stand on so that they may launch their own tests on similar compounds that will hopefully one day lead to a cure for the crippling ailment.
Dixon and his team are comparing synthesized grape seed compounds against natural ones to determine if the effect can be accurately recreated without using the same ingredients. Ultimately the team at UNT – or others like them – will see if they are able to increase the efficacy against Alzheimer’s.
The University of North Texas is looking for more than just proof of the grape seeds’ ability to help heal the mind. Professor Dixon is looking for an explanation of exactly how they can succeed where so many treatments have failed.
“Having that explanation will allow us to say, for the first time, that grape seed extract does slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and here’s why,” said Dixon to the Lewisville Leader.
While it cannot be seen whether or not this will eventually yield a cure for Alzheimer’s, the ability to retard the progression of the illness, or prevent it in at-risk patients could provide a measure of relief to the millions of sufferers and their families.