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University seeks red wine drinkers for new study

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Fancy getting paid to drink red wine?

Northumbria University is looking for participants to take part in a trial looking at the effects a compound, commonly found in grapes and red wine, has on the brain.

They believe it could boost mental functions.

The Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre is looking for healthy male and females aged between either 18-35 or 50-70 years to take part in two similar studies.

And, if drinking red wine isn't enticing enough, volunteers will get paid £30 for their time.

The study will use an environmental chamber, which can simulate the physical effects of a range of temperatures and altitudes. Researchers will assess how participants perform mentally demanding tasks.

PhD student, Timothy Eschle, is leading on the studies:

“There are a number of benefits to consuming red grapes. A specific extract from the skin of red grapes, resveratrol, has been found to increase blood flow to the brain and in some cases, increase mental performance on cognitive tasks.

Most studies have been carried out in young adults at the peak of their cognitive abilities, thus the benefits of resveratrol are expected to be more prominent in older adults who may suffer a slight natural decline in certain aspects of mental function such as memory and reaction time.

We also want to establish whether resveratrol can affect mental function at altitude, which often impacts on people’s performance.”

– Timothy Eschle

Thirsty to take part? Find out more details here