Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is one of 26 academic institutions nationwide recruiting volunteers for a study on Resveratrol, examining its effects on those with mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. Geriatric psychiatrist and researcher Jacobo Mintzer, M.D. will be the principal investigator for the MUSC study.

Resveratrol is a compound found in red grapes, red grape juice, red wine, chocolate, tomatoes and peanuts. Pre-clinical and pilot clinical research studies suggest that resveratrol may prevent diabetes, act as a natural cancer fighter, ward off cardiovascular disease, and prevent memory loss, but there has been no large definitive study of its effects in humans.

The risk of all of these diseases increases with aging. Animal studies suggest that resveratrol may impede molecular mechanisms of aging. Human population studies suggest several health benefits from modest daily consumption of red wine, but the mechanisms of action in the body are unknown.