Ever notice how certain sounds can instantly lift your mood? A favorite song, a loved one’s voice, the grandkids playing in the other room.
But for many of us, the sound of a cork popping out of a bottle of our favorite red wine is right up there.
Pour… sip… ahhhhhhh… it’s all going to be OK.
Does it get any more soothing than an occasional glass of vino?
Well, friend, it turns out it’s not just the sound of the cork that can help melt away depression and anxiety. There’s a secret blues-fighting ingredient hidden inside the wine itself.
It’s one ALREADY known to offer powerful health benefits. And now the new research shows it just might help fight off the blues, too.
Ease depression with this surprising red wine secret
The color of your red wine comes from a compound in grape skins called resveratrol.
I’m sure you’ve heard a little something about it before. In fact, I often write about it here in Healthier Talk.
Resveratrol is already pretty well-known for its age-fighting effects. It can block some of the damage oxidative stress causes to your cells.
But new research reveals what could be another significant benefit. It may help safely chase off depression.
The new study on mice nails focuses on one of the (no doubt) many “chemical” causes of depression inside the brain.
It began with flooding the little guy’s brains with an excess of the stress hormone corticosterone. This activated an enzyme called PDE4. And that, in turn, triggered depression and anxiety in the tiny critters.
But when the mice were given a little shot of that red wine extract all bets were off. It helped block the PDE4 and slowed the corticosterone. And that led to measurable changes in mood.
Put resveratrol to work for YOU
Now, if you’re thinking, “FINALLY, the mainstream’s ready to admit there’s a natural way to treat depression and anxiety” I’ve got bad news.
They’re ALREADY talking about turning resveratrol into some kind of drug. And you better believe that the synthetic version will come at a hefty cost and with a slew of side effects on the side.
I don’t know about you. But I’ll take the real deal extract…. or the wine… instead, thank you very much.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Depression and anxiety are complicated. And this was just one animal study. So it’s not likely to be a miracle CURE.
- But the science IS
- The results ARE
- And resveratrol is both safe AND
So if you or a loved one are battling either of these conditions, it’s totally worth trying.
And since resveratrol is an inflammation-fighting, age-defying, brain-boosting, heart-protecting, miracle molecule, you’ll be getting some other benefits, too.
But I have to be honest. There IS one downside here.
I hate to be a killjoy, but you just can’t get enough resveratrol from a glass of wine to enjoy any of those benefits I just listed.
Feel free to have a glass anyway. There’s plenty of evidence that a regular moderate booze habit can have benefits of its own.
But to get the REAL effects of resveratrol, including easing depression and anxiety, you’ll need to take a supplement too.
You can find resveratrol on its own or as part of an antioxidant blend.