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For Alzheimer’s patients, resveratrol brings new hope

A music legend fights Alzheimer's disease on his unforgettable farewell tour. CNN Films Presents:"Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me ," Saturday, November 7, at 8 p.m. ET. Researchers at 21 medical centers across the United States looked at the safety and effectiveness of taking high doses of resveratrol in an experimental pill -- equal to the amount found in 1,000 bottles of red wine -- in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The problem with resveratrol is that it is very water insoluble, meaning very little gets into the blood even at 4 grams per day.  On the other hand, maqui polyphenol extracts are much more water-soluble; and therefore, more get into the blood and ultimately into the brain. However, polyphenols will not resolve neuroinflammation that characterizes Alzheimer’s, but high-dose omega-3 fatty acids will.  I believe the drug of the future for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s will be a combination of high-dose omega-3s and high-dose maqui polyphenols.

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