On the news this morning was an article about the growing problem of dementia in the UK as our population are living longer. It is estimated that by the year 2021 over 1 million UK citizens will suffer directly from dementia and associated ailments, which will of course impact on many millions more looking after relatives who are affected by it.

Like most diseases, there are things you can do to either slow down or even prevent the onset of dementia, but there doesn’t seem to be any concise information out in the public domain to tell us. Well the good news is that you can significantly decrease your risk of dementia or Alzeimher’s disease by drinking good quality wine!

Here is a peice taken from Dr Phil Norrie’s (MBBS, MA ,MSc, MSocSc(Hons), PhD, MD(cand) article on the subject. Dr Phil is a highly qualified and experienced Doctor as well as a great winemaker. Full article available here: http://www.dowiedoole.com/media/docs/wineisdifferent.pdf

“Antioxidants, especially resveratrol in wine, stimulate a nerve enzyme called Mitogen Activated Protein (MAP) kinase which stimulates nerve cells and helps them regenerate their dendrites or nerve interconnections. Thus Dr. Alberto Bertelli from University of Milan, the world authority on the subject states “By daily reinforcing these contacts we can prevent neurodegeneration” (Such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease)”.


 In fact Dr Phil Norrie goes on to state a huge array of benefits from drinking good wine  including a big reduction in the likelihood of contracting cancer, heart disease and a whole host of other illnesses including “Reduced Alzheimer’s disease and mult infarct (stroke) forms of dementia by up to 80%. Reduced Parkinson’s disease”

This is great news. But please note this is only from drinking good wines made naturally NOT drinking the highly chemicalled wines available from supermarkets, grocery chains and the vast majority of high street outlets including pubs and restaurants. These wines are made on an industrial scale and contain very little or no natural anti oxidants, just a cocktail of chemicals which can actually be harmful rather than beneficial.

 But if we seek out the right wines there is a massive health benefit to be gained quite simply from switching to drinking good healthy wines rather than the big mass produced brands.