Resveratrol - Improve Memory and Learning Ability with Sirtuin1 says study

Resveratrol - Improve Memory and Learning Ability with Sirtuin1 says study

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(Best Syndication News) - Resveratrol, which is found in grape's outer skin and in peanuts, contain enzymes called sirtuins. Resveratrol has previously been touted as an anti-aging compound, but now researchers from MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory think that Sirtuin1 could possibly improve memory and a person's learning ability as well. The study is in the July 11th issure of Nature.

The MIT researchers found that the Sirtuin1 protein improves memory and brain flexibility. They are hopeful that this researcher will help to develop new drugs for treating Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases as well.

The researchers have previously shown that Sirtuin1 was able to increase neuronal survival in mice models that reflected Alzheimer's disease. The Sirtuin1 also reduced the amount of neurodegeneration and had also prevented learning disabilities.

The current research has found that the SIRT1 activity in the brain also preserve memory and plasticity.

SIRT1 in mammals is believed to be an evolutionary approach to deal with survival especially in when there is a lack of food. Previous research has shown a restricted low-calorie diet had increased the lifespan in monkeys. The researchers say that the SIRT1 helps neurons survive and also contributes to the regulation of normal brain function.

Resveratrol supplements are often made from The fruit of the mulberry with the skin being the prime ingredient. Blueberries also contain resveratrol and have around twice the amount that bilberries contain.

Of course these are preliminary studies that have not concluded that resveratrol would absolutely prevent or improve the brain's function. More research would have to be conducted to determine such treatments and therapies.

By: N Wilson

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