Resveratrol Demonstrates Antidepressant Properties

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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Resveratrol Demonstrates Antidepressant Properties
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Resveratrol is best known for activating the longevity gene SIRT1, in turn activating many aspects of healthy metabolism. In this study animals were subjected to experimental stress to induce depression. Resveratrol significantly boosted serotonin and noradrenaline, two important nerve transmitters that prevent depression.

Researchers showed specific neurotransmitter improvement in various key regions of the brain as a result of resveratrol. Of particular importance is that it directly inhibited monoamine oxidase-A (MAO-A), a key enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters. By inhibiting MAO-A, various neurotransmitter levels remain higher in the face of stress.

A number of studies have shown that resveratrol protects the brain from inflammation. This study indicates it can also be of value in support of a better mood.

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