Resveratrol Protects Brain Aging, Choose its Source Wisely
Resveratrol acts as a potent antioxidant, is a compound found in grape skins, red wine, raspberries, pomegranates, raw cacao and dark chocolate, among other plant-based foods.
It is a polyphenol designed to increase the life span of plants through disease resistance and such stressors as drastic changes in climate, too much UV (ultraviolet) light and disease.
Likely you have read and may think you will get the neuroprotective and anti-aging benefits by drinking more red wine, that’s not how it works.
As it was explained to me Thursday: “In wine, resveratrol is in such small amounts you could not drink enough of it in your life to have the benefits we found in mice given resveratrol. These studies are in mice and I would caution anyone from blasting their bodies with resveratrol in any form.
The next step is to identify the mechanism that enables resveratrol to protect synapses. If we know the mechanism, we can modify resveratrol or look for other molecules that are more effective at protecting the synapses.”
Further, alcoholic beverages like red wine may damage both your brain and your organs and is itself a neurotoxin, which makes drinking large amounts of red wine for this or any other purpose irresponsible and counterproductive.
A US National Library of Medicine article backs this up: “Drinking too much alcohol is a sure way to speed up deterioration of thinking skills and can cause brain damage. Too much alcohol in the long term is linked to several cancers, heart disease, stroke and liver disease.”
A good way to access the benefits of resveratrol is by eating muscadine grapes, which contain the highest concentration among foods, especially in the skin.
Mulberries and Blueberries are other good sources. We used to eat lots of Mulberries as kids because we had Mullberry tree in our yard.
Experts advise limiting intake to 1/2 cup per day because fruit also contains fructose. A whole food resveratrol supplement containing bits of muscadine grape skin is another option.
One of the Key advantages resveratrol provides is its power to annihilate free radicals, produced by our body as a part of normal metabolism. They are a natural biological response to environmental toxins we see daily, such as lawn fertilizer, your pet’s flea collar, food preservatives and Rx medications.
When the body cannot fight the onslaught of toxins, our cells begin to oxidize, a process that has been described as “biological rusting.”
Free radicals can damage your DNA, cause disease and compromise the entire immune system.
Antioxidants, on the other hand, stave off the damage done by free radicals, which is one reason why resveratrol is remarkable.
It also helps to fight the aging process throughout our body, from cells, to nails to skin.
Below is a list of several functions resveratrol may help with too, as follows:
- Neuroprotective benefits
- Improves brain blood flow
- Suppresses brain inflammation
- May prevent plaque that leads to Alzheimer’s
- Antioxidant and antimicrobial properties
- Combats free radicals
- May protect against depression
- May improve learning and memory
Another Key way resveratrol helps our brain is that it can cross the blood-brain barrier, or BBB.
Examined Existence explains that a 100 years ago, scientists found that blue dye injected into animal tissues turned those tissues blue, but would not permeate the brain or spinal cord.
That resveratrol is able to get across your brain barrier means that brain inflammation can be regulated and decreased in the central nervous system. Part of the significance of this ability is that brain inflammation is a factor in the development of most neurodegenerative diseases, so…
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