Drinking wine and eating grapes and peanuts may help prevent memory loss

Drinking wine and eating grapes and peanuts may help prevent memory loss
Drinking wine and eating grapes and peanuts may help prevent memory loss

There has been a growing awareness that good nutrition is essential for the health of the brain. Texas A&M University reported via Newswise, a compound which is found in grapes and red wine may help to prevent memory loss. According to researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine a compound found in common foods such as red grapes and peanuts may actually help you prevent age associated decline in memory.

Ashok K. Shetty, Ph.D., who is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine and Director of Neurosciences at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, has been investigating the potential benefit of resveratrol for brain health. Resveratrol is an antioxidant which is found in in red wine and in the skin of red grapes, in peanuts and in some berries.

Researchers have already pointed to the potential benefits for heart health of resveratrol. Shetty and colleagues have now said they believe resveratrol also has positive effects on the hippocampus. The hippocampus is an area of the brain which is critical for memory, learning and mood. Resveratrol may help prevent a decline in cognitive capacity after middle age. Resveratrol may also help people suffering from severe neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

This study has been published in Scientific Reports. Researchers have studied the efficacy of resveratrol to counteract age associated memory and mood impairments and the associated detrimental changes which are seen in the hippocampus in rats. The positive benefits of resveratrol observed on the brain health of rats is felt to be applicable to people.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has reported on how horribly destructive psychiatric drugs are. An awareness of how important good nutrition is to brain health may help to counter the destructive interventions of psychiatrists. Resveratrol and other components of good nutrition may actually help to protect people from memory loss and mood problems associated with aging and from the horribly destructive effects of psychiatric drugs on the human brain.


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