A Phase II clinical study of Resveratrol (RES) designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability and effectiveness of Resveratrol on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and other biomarkers for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Resveratrol is derived from plants and is found in highest levels in red wine and the skin of red grapes. The Copenhagen City Heart Study (Treutlen et al 2002) reported that monthly and weekly consumption of red wine is associated with a lower risk of dementia. There is compelling evidence that caloric restriction can improve overall health by activating a class of enzymes known as Sirtuins. Resveratrol is a substance found in some plants that directly activates sirtuins, mimicking the effects of caloric restriction and may affect regulatory pathways of diseases of aging, including AD.
In this study, people with AD will be given either Resveratrol or placebo (looks like the study drug but contains no active medication) for 12 months to determine whether daily Resveratrol therapy is beneficial in delaying or altering the deterioration of memory and daily functioning. Patients with a diagnosis of probable AD may qualify for participation in this study.