University seeks red wine drinkers for new study

Fancy getting paid to drink red wine? Credit: PA images

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.

Timothy Eschle

Thirsty to take part? Find out more details here