A substance in red wine may be the key to healthy brain aging, according to a new study.
Resveratrol is a compound in red wine, red grapes, pomegranates, raspberries, and chocolate. It supports a strong blood-brain barrier, say Georgetown University researchers.1 This is an important factor in stopping potentially harmful immune molecules from reaching the brain and wreaking havoc.
Historically, it was thought that age-related brain fog came from “resident” brain immune cells. But the new research shows some of the most problematic molecules come from the blood. And they make it to the brain when the blood-brain barrier lacks the proper support.
Dr. Charbel Moussa is scientific and clinical research director at the Georgetown University Medical Center Translational Neurotherapeutics Program. He is coauthor of the new study. Resveratrol acts like a gatekeeper at the blood-brain barrier, he said.
“Resveratrol imposes a kind of crowd control at the border of the brain,” said Dr. Moussa. “(It) seems to shut out unwanted immune molecules that can kill neurons.”2
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The new study examined 38 people with age-related cognitive decline. Half were given a placebo. The other half were treated daily with resveratrol for a year.
The patients getting resveratrol had a 50% reduction in levels of a molecule called matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in their spinal fluid. MMP-9 is marker for blood-brain barrier security. High levels of MMP-9 indicate the barrier has been weakened.3
Does the study mean you should start drinking more red wine?
Unfortunately, you’d need to drink about 1,000 bottles a day to get the resveratrol dosage used in the study. A quality supplement is a better option.
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In Good Health,
Executive Director, INH Health Watch