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Red Grapes and Peanuts May Help Prevent Age-Related Memory Loss

| February 5, 2015 Comment

Red grapes and peanuts may help prevent age-related memory loss, according to a new study conducted at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Red grapes, peanuts and some berries like blueberries and cranberries contain an antioxidant called reservatrol. The compound is found in the skin of the fruits, and red wine is particularly a good source as it’s fermented with grape skins longer than white wine. But just eating red grapes or drinking red grape juice are good ways to get reservatrol if alcohol is not an option.

While reservatrol is known for reducing the risk for heart disease, researchers are now finding that it also has beneficial effects on the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory, learning, and mood.

The study found that reservatrol may also help people with Alzheimer’s disease. According to study author, Ashok K. Shetty, the study on aging rats showed that those that were given reservatrol had improved spatial learning and memory. There was also an improvement in the blood flow to the hippocampus and lower inflammation.

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