Simple fruit extract can slow Alzheimer's

It's one of the dirtiest secrets of the drug industry: the myth that there's nothing you can do about Alzheimer's disease.

Big Pharma wants you to believe it. They need the world to be absolutely convinced it's hopeless -- because they're plotting to one day earn billions off of Alzheimer's meds.

They've come up empty so far, as everything they've tried has failed.

But they're nothing if not persistent and now they have a new plan. They'll simply steal it.

They want to steal from nature, because safe and effective therapies are out there right now, and some of them are available for pennies a day in any vitamin shop.

But you can't make billions selling something that costs pennies a day. You have to modify it -- tweak it so it's no longer considered natural. Then, you can slap a patent on it, charge a fortune and count the cash as it comes rolling in.

So allow me to steal this one back -- because I've got the inside word on the latest and greatest Big Pharma "drug" breakthrough, and it's not a drug at all.

It's resveratrol, the famous "red wine antioxidant" known to fight the effects of aging and prevent everything from cancer to heart disease.

Now, the latest research finds it can also help patients with Alzheimer's disease to remain independent longer.

In the study, 119 Alzheimer's patients were given either resveratrol or a placebo.

One year later, the folks who took the resveratrol had improvements in their ability to care for themselves. These were the everyday things most of us take for granted, like dressing, bathing and brushing your teeth.

Alzheimer's patients often lose those abilities -- and keeping them longer could mean the difference between staying at home, in the care of loved ones, or having to move into a care facility.

The folks on the resveratrol even said they felt as if they had maintained their mental ability -- important, since none of them actually knew whether they had been given the resveratrol or the placebo.

This is a big win for a safe, natural therapy. Yet the researchers behind it actually had the nerve to urge patients NOT to try it on their own or give it to their loved ones.

They claimed the amount of resveratrol needed is just too high, and did their best to make it sound like some kind of dangerous overdose when they told the media you'd have to drink about 1,000 bottles of wine to get the 1,000 mg per day of resveratrol used in the study.

But that was nothing more than smoke and mirrors since wine actually contains very little resveratrol to begin with -- and many common resveratrol supplements you can buy right now, online and in stores, contain the exact amounts used in the study (and for the record, the dose is perfectly safe).

Then, they claimed you shouldn't take the supplements because there's no way to know for sure what's in them.

Yes, they went with the tired old "supplements are unregulated" myth again, when they know very well that the industry is very carefully regulated and that supplements from trustworthy makers contain exactly what's on the label.

And for the finishing touch, the researchers casually admitted to what the REAL plan was all along. They came right out and said resveratrol needs to be "pharmacologically manipulated" before it can be used as a treatment.

Translation: "Wait for us to make a synthetic version so we can patent it and jack up the price."

That's just nonsense.

Resveratrol may not be a cure for Alzheimer's, but it's a huge step in the right direction. When combined with other brain-boosting natural therapies such as B vitamins (which, incidentally, the drug industry is also trying to patent for dementia) and natural detoxification, it could make all the difference in the world.

I see no problem in trying it, as long as it's under the care of a holistic medical doctor experienced in working with dementia patients.