The hippocampus– the area of the brain responsible for memory, experiences structural changes that are thought to contribute to aging-related memory and state of mind disabilities.
Ashok K. Shetty, from the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (Texas, USA), and colleagues used a lab animal model to study the prospective effects of resveratrol– an anti-oxidant that is found in the skin of red grapes, in addition to in red wine, peanuts and some berries.
Amongst rats given resveratrol, neurogenesis (the development and development of neurons) approximately doubled (as compared to control rats); as well, the resveratrol-treated rats also had actually substantially enhanced microvasculature, showing improved blood circulation, and had a lower level of chronic inflammation in the hippocampus.
As a result, the team observed that spatial knowing and memory improved in the resveratrol-treated rats, with the ability to make new spatial memories significantly decreasing among control rats at 22 to 25 months.
Observing that: “These results supply unique evidence that resveratrol treatment in late midlife is efficacious for improving memory and mood function in old age,” the study authors send that:
“Mоdulаtіоn оf thе hірросаmрuѕ рlаѕtісіtу аnd ѕuррrеѕѕіоn оf chronic lоw-lеvеl inflammation арреаr tо underlie thе funсtіоnаl benefits mediated bу resveratrol.”