Home
 
Choose Your City
Change City

Red wine kills social stress, and other nutritious news

istock

Next time you need some liquid courage in a social situation, reach for a glass of red wine. A new study out of the University of South Carolina found that the resveratrol, a natural chemical in the skin of red grapes, can block inflammation in the brain and ease depression-related symptoms for rats stressed by facing a bully.

What makes this study particularly interesting, according to research leader Susan K. Wood, is the discovery of resveratrol'santi-inflammatory effects influencing the mind. The link between depression and inflammation is a new field of study, and has the potential to improve the lives of 148 million Americans.

RELATED: Science proves what you and your end-of-day glass of red wine already know

"Certainly, there is a strong case being built ... that inflammation is linked to depressive symptoms, and there is a great need for these findings to be validated in human studies," Wood said.

RelatedArticles

Leafy green vegetables are back in seasonand should be on the menu for anyone concerned about age-related loss in brain function. A new study links the vitamin K abundant in spinach, kale, and collard and mustard greens to slower mental decline.

The team atRush University Medical Centerin Chicagofollowed 954 people for an average of five years; compared to those who didn't eat any leafy greens, those who ate one or two servings daily had the mind of a person 11 years younger.

The researchers also cited lutein, folate and beta-carotene in leafy greens forhelping to keep the brain healthy.

The scientific community is still debating the virtues of saturated fat, but according to a new study, if it comes from dairy products, it could be cutting your risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as a fifth.

Researchers atLund Universityin Sweden analyzed the eating habits of 27,000 people and found that those who ate the most high-fat yogurt and cheese cut their chances of having type 2 diabetes by 23 percent. But the type of saturated fat mattered: People who ate a lot of red meat, on the other hand, had a higher risk of developing the disease.

The difference is believed to come down to saturated fatty acids, which are common in dairy products.

 
Consider AlsoFurther Articles