An antioxidant found in red wine and chocolate is the subject of a national clinical trial to determine whether it can help fight memory loss.
The National Institute on Aging is sponsoring the clinical trial. Its focus is to measure whether the antioxidant “resveratrol” slows or stops memory loss in people with mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease.
The antioxidant — found in red wine, chocolate, red grapes, tomatoes and peanuts — has made headlines in recent years for an array of potential health benefits. Animal studies suggest that it may ward off cancer, heart disease, diabetes and memory loss.
But until now, there’s been no large-scale clinical study of resveratrol’s effects in humans at doses beyond a glass of wine or a bite of chocolate.
USC researchers who will participate in the national study say they hope to find whether daily doses of pure resveratrol affect memory and daily functioning among people with Alzheimer’s.
USC’s Keck School of Medicine is one of about two dozen academic centers that’s enrolling patients in the national study.