04 April 2009

What is the ingredient inside red wine that may help you to think? The answer is Resveratrol. Resveratrol in red wine increases blood flow to the brain, that’s why it can help you to think.

Men and women did better in mental arithmetic tests after being given resveratrol, the 'wonder ingredient' in red wine. It is thought that the plant chemical said to have abilities from burning off junk food to warding off heart disease.

Northumbria University researchers set 24 healthy adults a series of tests before giving them a resveratrol pill or a dummy tablet. When they were tested again, those that had taken resveratrol performed better, the British Psychological Society's annual conference will hear today.

Other tests confirmed that the drug, which is found in grape skins as well as raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and peanuts, widened blood vessels, boosting the brain's blood supply.
Last year, researchers unveiled a drug based on resveratrol that was said to allow people to eat as much junk food as they liked without putting on a pound. The drug known only as SRT1720 fools the body into thinking it has to burn off fat to survive.

Other studies have linked resveratrol with fighting old age, cancer, obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. It is also claimed that just half a glass of red wine a day can greatly cut the odds of death from heart disease.

So, more red wine...?

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