Friday, February 20, 2015

Resveratrol ALSO protects brain and memory....

Today's Post:  Friday, 2-20-2015

Short post today but an important one.

1. A researcher found that, resveratrol, a compound in red wine seemed to activate the same sirtuin gene that caused lightly fed animals and people to live longer.

Later research was mixed when they studied this effect.

But the researcher found that if resveratrol was eaten or taken as a supplement with the micro nutrients also in red wine and grape juice and other dark blue or purple fruit, the antiaging effect did happen.

(In supplements, it’s also important to only get resveratrol in the natural trans-resveratrol form. 

The better news is that if you get the important co-factors by eating or taking extracts of fruits like purple grapes or blueberries or bilberries or dark red cherries or cranberries, 100 mg a day of trans-resveratrol may be enough to get the effect.  And Source Naturals sells trans-resveratrol in 100 mg capsules.)

2.  Follow on research DID confirm that resveratrol even by itself does have heart protective effects. And, it’s likely that adding the cofactors increases the effect also. 

3.  Eating organic fruit once or twice a day from that list massively slashes your risk of both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.  In fact, it cuts the incidence of ischemic strokes well and cuts the risk of hemorrhagic strokes about double that!

Since some mental decline and memory loss is caused by small stokes some of which people didn’t feel, this suggests that taking resveratrol and eating those fruits might also protect your brain and memory.

Research found that the brain and memory protective effect of resveratrol may be even stronger than that suggests!

Medical News Today had this recently:

Compound found in grapes, red wine may help prevent memory loss
A compound found in common foods such as
The lead researcher from the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine said this:

"The results of the study were striking,"

"They indicated that for the control rats who did not receive resveratrol, spatial learning ability was largely maintained but ability to make new spatial memories significantly declined between 22 and 25 months.”  [Apparently that is old age for rats.]

“By contrast, both spatial learning and memory improved in the resveratrol-treated rats."

He also “…. said neurogenesis (the growth and development of neurons) approximately doubled in the rats given resveratrol compared to the control rats.

The resveratrol-treated rats also had significantly improved microvasculature, indicating improved blood flow,
and had a lower level of chronic inflammation in the hippocampus.”

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