One of the most dramatic aspects of resveratrol is its neuroprotective effects, even to the point of slowing the onset or progression of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, which accounts for 20 to 30% of all dementia cases, caused by blocked or reduced cerebral blood flow that results in oxygen deprivation.
A UK study showed that a single dose of resveratrol can improve blood flow to your brain and may enhance several aspects of brain function. The benefits include lowered inflammation and may extend to protection again depression and improved learning and memory skills.
A CBS News report described resveratrol’s initial function as: “A phytoalexin, an antimicrobial compound that is produced by plants to protect them from rough environments like excessive ultraviolet light, infections and climate changes. Resveratrol has been linked to protection against obesity and diabetes, a reduced risk for blood clotting and a way to … [optimize] cholesterol, due to the compound’s ability to dilate blood vessels, increase nitric oxide and block the stickiness of platelets.”
Studies also show that as resveratrol nails free radicals, it helps prevent DNA damage, which, among other negatives, leaves your system vulnerable to disease, including cancer.
Resveratrol is included in List of World’s Most Powerful Healing Compounds
One study listed a large number of some of the most powerful disease-preventive agents and the foods they’re derived from, and included resveratrol and some of its sources, among others:
|Curcumin (turmeric)||Limonene (citrus fruits)||Lycopene (tomato)||Capsaicin (red chili)|
|Diosgenin (fenugreek)||6-gingerol (ginger)||Ellagic acid (pomegranate)||Indole-3-carbinol (cruciferous vegetables)|
|Ursolic acid (apple, pears and prunes)||Anethol (anise, camphor and fennel)||Catechins (green tea)||Eugenol (cloves)|
|Resveratrol (red grapes and berries)||Fiber||Beta carotene (carrots)||Allicin (garlic)|
While Dark Chocolate and Cacao are included on the list as sources of resveratrol, keep in mind that your best bet are raw Cacao nibs, which can be eaten whole or ground into powder for use in recipes.
Milk Chocolate, and White Chocolate are excluded.
It is always best to get your nutrition from as many good sources as possible, eat those blueberries.
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