Resveratol, a compound found in red grapes, red wine, peanuts and some berries may help prevent age-related dementia or memory loss, according to a study conducted by an Indian-origin scientist.
Resveratrol, an antioxidant that has been found to have positive effects on the hippocampus, an area of the brain that is critical to memory functions, learning and mood, has been in much demand by researchers who are studying its beneficial effects.
Already researchers have come out with numerous reports suggesting that resveratol helps improve memory, stop Alzheimer’s disease and also keep demntia at bay.
While the findings on red wine sporting the antioxidant have led to several reports claiming these benefits, it indirectly led to suspicion that red wine breweries lobby is behind an increase in such findings.
However, in the latest findning the results were striking, asser researchers. “The results of the study were striking,” said Ashok Shetty, professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.
Because both humans and animals show a decline in cognitive capacity after middle age, the findings may have implications for treating memory loss in the elderly.
Resveratrol may even be able to help people afflicted with severe neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, the study suggested.
“The study provides novel evidence that resveratrol treatment in late middle age can help improve memory and mood function in old age,” said Shetty, an alumnus of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
Treatment with resveratrol had apparent benefits in terms of learning, memory and mood function in aged rats.The growth and development of neurons approximately doubled in the rats given resveratrol compared to the control rats, Shetty said.
“Both spatial learning and memory improved in the resveratrol-treated rats,” he noted. The study has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.