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Is Resveratrol Rocket Fuel For Your Aging Brain?

The latest research on the anti-aging supplement, resveratrol, is in – and it’s looking pretty good.

If you haven’t heard about this powerful plant extract, you should know that research shows resveratrol has potent effects that slow down the aging process. In addition, it is a powerful antioxidant, it fights cancer, diabetes and inflammation, and it supports the immune system. You can read more about this supplement in the article, “Is Resveratrol the Next ‘Miracle Nutrient?’” and also here, in the article “Turning Back Aging…“.

New research published Mar 31, 2010 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that resveratrol increases blood flow to the brain and speeds problem solving as soon as 45 minutes after taking it.

This is a major finding.

Even more interesting, the effects were specific for the tasks test subjects were asked to do. When they were between tasks, blood flow to the brain was just slightly above normal. However when actively solving problems, this blood flow doubled and even tripled, depending on the dose taken.

Again, very impressive.

The studies were done with 24 human volunteers, so we know these results are directly relevant for human beings. And it’s unusual to find a substance that has such a selective response to specific activities.

Here’s the important thing to remember about this effect – increased blood flow to the brain increases oxygen availability for memory, thinking, and problem solving. And oxygen is the equivalent of ‘rocket fuel’ for your brain.

These research results didn’t address the long-term brain enhancing effects of resveratrol. However no toxic reactions have ever been discovered when taking this supplement. This is true even in higher doses and over long periods of time.

The dosages used in the testing were 250 mg and 500 mg. My favorite way to take resveratrol is to take 600 mg once a day. I typically take this in the morning since there is a mild energizing effect.

Regardless of what dosage you take, there is mounting evidence to support the idea that resveratrol belongs in the supplement cabinet of anyone serious about extending quality of life as they age.


References:

Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2008.
Journal of Clinical Nutrition abstract of the findings.
Yahoo News article on this research.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Esther PolahaMay 10, 2010, 8:53 am

    Do you sell reservatrol. Please let me know. Thanks, Esther Polaha

  • drbruceMay 10, 2010, 9:13 am

    Hi Esther,

    It’s nice to hear from you. I hope all is well.

    I’ve answered your question in a private email, so be sure to look for that.

    Be well,

    Dr. Bruce

  • nerieMay 11, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I will recommend resveratrol to all my friends who’ll need it. However, I would like to hear if there are any side effects of taking it.

  • drbruceMay 11, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Hi Nerie,

    There are no known side effects of this supplement. The only cautions are for people taking anticoagulants (coumadin, etc.). Since resveratrol thins the blood, it can enhance the effect of these drugs so caution is in order if taking them.

    I also recommend in general to approach taking any new supplement cautiously. That means starting with a lower dose and gradually increasing to the dose you are aiming for. That way if someon happens to have an unwanted respose to something they can back off quickly. It’s also a good way to determine optimal dosage.

    Dr. Bruce

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