In the January issue of my Logical Health Alternatives newsletter, I published a “new and improved” version of my Desert Island Supplement List. In other words, the supplements I’d want with me if I were stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere.
This year, there were some big changes to the list. And one of the most notable was the absence of resveratrol. This powerful antioxidant was one of my Desert Island standbys for years. But this year—well…It got bumped.
I still believe in it and stand by its benefits. But when I was reviewing my list, I realized I just hadn’t seen a lot of research on resveratrol lately. And I base my Desert Island list on the supplements whose benefits have been confirmed with recent research—and lots of it.
But it looks like resveratrol may be making a comeback. In fact, recent research has revealed a brand new breakthrough for this time-tested nutrient.
Resveratrol is best known for its ability to boost heart health. But a new study shows it also has significant benefits for the brain.
Researchers tested the effects of resveratrol vs. placebo on cognitive function in “middle-aged” rats. They found that the rats who took resveratrol for four weeks had significant improvements in both memory and learning ability.
The researchers believe one of the reasons for this improvement is that the resveratrol improved microcirculation and reduced inflammation in the hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory).
I’ll tell you more about how microcirculation plays an integral part in brain health as you age in the upcoming May issue of my Logical Health Alternatives newsletter (so if you’re not already a subscriber, now is the perfect time to get started).
Suffice it to say, with new research like this putting resveratrol back in the spotlight, it may very well make its way back on to my Desert Island list in the near future.
Until then, you can start giving your brain a boost with 500 mg of resveratrol per day.
“Resveratrol Prevents Age-Related Memory and Mood Dysfunction with Increased Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Microvasculature, and Reduced Glial Activation.” Scientific Reports. 2015; 5: 8075