Good news for people who like to drink red wine. A compound found in this beverage as well as in other foods, including peanuts and grapes, may prevent memory loss that develops as you grow older. This new discovery was made by a professor named Ashok K. Shetty from the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.
The compound is known as resveratrol, which is an antioxidant that is already known for its anti-heart disease properties. Shetty and his team conducted a research believing that the mentioned compound has positive effects on a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is important to memory. Based on the findings, it is said that resveratrol can help aging rats not only retain good memory, but also boost mood and improve learning. These benefits could also be applied to humans.
Both humans and animals have declining cognitive capacity as they reach their middle age. Thankfully, the findings offer great news to people when it comes to treating memory loss in older individuals. As a matter of fact, the study even goes further by claiming the compound, resveratrol, could help people who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and other severe neurodegenerative conditions.
What the Results Mean
The striking results presented hope for those who have problems with memory loss. Based on the research, the control rats that did not get resveratrol still have good spatial learning ability. However, after around 22 months, their new spatial memories begin to decline significantly. Meanwhile, rats treated with resveratrol have improved memory and spatial learning.
Other Benefits of Resveratrol
Aside from being able to help combat heart diseases and improve brain and memory function, resveratrol’s benefits do not end here. In fact, there are many studies that showed the compound to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It reduces bad cholesterol in the body, while preventing blood clots and damage to your blood vessels.
The anti-inflammation properties along with the ability to promote growth of blood vessels are considered to be the main reasons why resveratrol can counteract memory loss due to aging. This is because according to the scientists, the hippocampus can experience inflammation from time to time. There may also be cell death and lower vasculature as a person grows old, contributing to age-related memory problems.
You may be tempted to start drinking more red wine, but scientists say the resveratrol doses on rats were higher than normal. Nevertheless, a supplement with the compound may be more effective and safer for human subjects.