This Nutrient May Improve Brain Function in Neurodegenerative Diseases

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There are a number of amazing nutrients that can help neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), a specialized form of dementia. One of them is coconut oil, which is well known, but the other that I’d like to discuss today, is better known for its improvement of and health benefits to cardiovascular health… the chemopreventive agent (cancer-preventing food constituent) Resveratrol, which is found in red wine, soybeans, peanuts, and pomegranates. According to some sources, Resveratrol may help pevent brain plaque formation by up to ninety percent.

 According to one study on Resveratrol regarding the ability to improve brain function, “The improvement of endothelial function by resveratrol is largely attributable to nitric oxide (NO) derived from endothelial NO synthase (eNOS).”

Resveratrol in studies to improve brain function in Alzheimer’s Disease

According to Natural Solutions regarding John Phillip at Natural News, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is recognizable in older people due to the formation of many protein amyloid plaques that eventually block out electrical signals in the brain. Whether the plaques are the cause, or a byproduct of metabolism as the cellular level remains to be seen, but their formation affects memory, learning, and cognition. Resveratrol, it appears, is able to combat and perhaps even reverse this via enhancing endothelial nitric oxide (eNOS). The amino acids cysteine and glutathione levels are also heightened and lowered, respectively.

In Alzheimer’s disease, plaque forms at the neural synapses while eNOS is depleted, which means free radicals are able to multiply in the brain at unprecedented rates, potentially causing extensive damage to memory and cognitive function. To improve brain function the natural ‘antidote’ Resveratrol can be consumed through foods like red wine, red grapes, peanuts, purple grape juice, and some berries.

What is fascinating is that caloric restriction, which can induce an extended life span (a great anti-aging tonic), is also caused by simply eating foods with Resveratrol. Reducing amyloid plaques in an aging brain is an incredible bonus. Researchers discovered that Resveratrol, to improve brain function, simply activates an enzyme that helps friendly NOS put a halt to the plaque formation associated with Alzheimer’s disease, reducing plaque by up to 90% in some cases.

Resveratrol’s health benefits have historically been towards the heart, blood vessels, and overall cardiovascular health, but it also helps the blood flow in the brain, and chemically works to improve brain function. Blueberries and grape seed extract may also help lower risk of cognitive decline and memory loss, and should improve brain function.

For people who have a history of Alzheimer’s disease in the family, or those who have symptoms of early onset, please speak with your doctor or naturopath about using a Resveratrol supplement of 50-200 mg daily to improve brain function and prevent amyloid plaque formation.


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