Recent studies suggest that resveratrol might help prevent or ameliorate alzheimers disease.
One of the characteristics of alzheimers disease is the deposition of plaques in the brain. These plaques are caused by amyloid-beta peptides. Recent scientific studies suggest that adding resveratrol to the cells that create amyloid-beta peptides (and as a result the destructive plaques) result in significantly lower levels of the amyloid-beta peptides in these cells.
If taken orally, could resveratrol effectively treat the brain? Science has not conclusively answered this question. However, one recent study concluded that resveratrol has the ability to pass through the blood-brain barrier (blood vessel walls that prevent many toxins and other compounds -potentially good and bad - from entering the brain). In essence, resveratrol has the ability to reach, and perhaps, treat the brain.
Additionally, studies have indicated that people who drink red wine are less likely to be affected by alzheimers.
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring substance found in red grapes and peanuts and over the past five decades has been studied intensely. Resveratrol has been scientifically proven to have a very beneficial effect on the body in many ways. This substance may have properties that help fight cancer, heart disease, cholesterol, and blood-sugar disorders. Many doctors have published work that shows drinking a glass or two of red wine occasionally will give you these beneficial results but there are also resveratrol supplements on the market that give you an extra boost. More importantly, some research has shown that many of these benefits can only be derived when maximal doses of resveratrol are taken, doses in amounts that only a concentrated pill can deliver.
Resveratrol works in a few different ways on the body. Primarily, it’s a well known antioxidant that fights off cellular damage due to chemicals, pollution, and even sun damage. In addition to this, resveratrol has very strong anti-inflammatory properties and may even work as an anti-mutagen. Anti-inflammatory substances can help prevent heart conditions associated with inflammation and also help relax the walls of veins and arteries. What an anti-mutagen does is prevent cells in the body from altering for any reason. Cancer and tumors are usually the result of mutated cells growing out of control so this is great news. While resveratrol isn’t touted as a miracle cancer cure, studies are showing a lot of promise with it and new articles are published in medical journals all the time.
Many people enjoy a glass of wine with dinner so simply by switching from white wine to red wine, you are doing your body a favor. If you don’t like wine, resveratrol can be found in grape juice and peanut butter though in smaller amounts. If you really want to get the most reseveratrol possible, many different manufacturers are distributing resveratrol in capsules. These capsules are offered at very reasonable prices and are great for people on the go and those who prefer their vitamins and antioxidants in pill form.