You can handle the wrinkles, gray hair, and aches in places you didn’t even know existed. But there’s another sign of aging that can drive you absolutely batty.
It’s annoying. It’s frustrating. And, to be honest, it can be downright TERRIFYING if you consider where it could be leading.
Memory loss is one of the absolute worst parts of aging.
It interferes with your daily life. It makes you miss important appointments. It can cause you to forget vital information. And it even embarrasses you out in public.
And no matter how mild, memory loss can cause you to constantly worry that it might be something worse like cognitive decline or dementia.
But new research reveals a way to help turn it all around. A solution that could help you can get back what you’ve lost and slow the damage in your brain so you can stay sharp, well into those later years.
And believe it or not, a little bit of the secret can be found in a tasty glass of wine.
‘Red wine’ antioxidant SLOWS cognitive decline
You’ve likely heard of resveratrol before. In fact, I’ve written about it many times right here in Healthier Talk.
This potent extract is often called the “red wine antioxidant” because it comes from grape skins. But, the truth is, there’s really not much in wine, or any other food or drink, for that matter.
You’d have to eat a boatload of red grapes, blueberries, pistachios, and peanuts to get anywhere near what you’d find in a supplement.
Now you should still feel free to go ahead and indulge in those delicious foods, of course. Because besides providing us with some resveratrol, they have bunches of other health benefits.
But to reap the biggest benefits, like battling cognitive decline, a resveratrol supplement is probably in order too.
A supplement can give you the levels that lead to some truly remarkable age-defying changes inside the body. And the latest research reveals what might be the extract’s most impressive benefit yet.
Women given just 150 mg of resveratrol per day – a pretty low level when it comes down to it – were able to essentially REVERSE the damage aging had on their cognitive powers.
They saw major improvements in two key elements of the all-important executive function in the brain…
- processing speed
- cognitive flexibility
And they had measurable improvements in blood flow and circulation, too. That’s a critical piece of the puzzle since it suggests oxygen and essential nutrients can be delivered to the brain and put to work.
Better still, these improvements stuck around for the entire study period. As long as the women took their supplements, they continued to enjoy this better function.
Rollback brain age with resveratrol
Here’s the most impressive part. While memory and brain function typically get worse as you get older, the resveratrol appeared to reverse the damage caused by age.
And not by a little bit. In the end, it was almost as if the volunteer’s brains were 10 YEARS younger.
The study was on older women, but the researchers believe older guys would see pretty much the same benefit. And they note that other studies have found even BIGGER improvements at higher doses of resveratrol.
In one study, 200 mg per day improved verbal memory as well as endothelial vasodilator function. That’s a tongue twister, but what it really means is that there was better blood vessel function. And 250-500 mg per day improved blood flow in the brains of younger adults.
Resveratrol brings so many other age-fighting benefits to the table that some scientists believe it’s as close to a “fountain of youth” compound as we have.
But remember, as I mentioned, you can’t get the levels used in studies from food or drink (not even that red wine). So if you want to try it for yourself, look for a supplement.