Drunken Rats and Memory Loss

In the following report about a newly-released study on elderly rats, the rodents weren’t really drunk of course. But they were given a dose of resveratrol. Read on to find out more.

While resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, red wine, peanuts and even some berries, has been widely known to help in the prevention of heart disease, researchers are still looking into its other potential health benefits.

Now, according to a new study on aged rats and published Jan. 28 in Scientific Reports, a research team lead by Ashok K. Shetty, Ph.D. of the Texas A&M Health Science Center reports that our brains may also receive a little boost in terms of learning, memory and mood function.

The researchers also report that resveratrol may even be able to help people suffering from severe neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

“The results of the study were striking,” Shetty told Texas A&M’s Ellen Davis. “They indicated that for the control rats who did not receive resveratrol, spatial learning ability was largely maintained but ability to make new spatial memories significantly declined between 22 and 25 months. By contrast, both spatial learning and memory improved in the resveratrol-treated rats.”

For more information, follow this link to the university’s press release about the findings.

To read the full study, follow this link to Scientific Reports.

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