According to a new scientific study, this compound is able to reduce stress.
A new research has revealed that Resvera trol , compound found in red wine , shows anti – stress effects by blocking the expression of an enzyme involved in controlling stress in the brain.
The study conducted by the University of Buffalo , United States, was published in the scientific journal Neuropharmacology , and the results show how resveratrol influences neurological processes.
“Resveratrol can be an effective alternative to medications for the treatment of patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders, ” said Dr. Ying Xu , senior co-author and associate research professor at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the UB
This compound is found in the skin and seeds of red grapes and has been linked to a number of health benefits. Research has identified that resveratrol has antidepressant effects but the relationship of the compound with phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4), an enzyme influenced by the stress hormone corticosterone, was unknown .
Corticosterone regulates the body’s response to stress. However, too much stress can lead to excessive amounts of the hormone circulating in the brain and, ultimately, to the development of depression or other mental disorders.
In a study in mice, resveratrol showed neuroprotective effects against corticosterone by inhibiting the expression of PDE4 , thanks to which, the research lays the groundwork for the use of the compound in new antidepressant treatments.
Although red wine contains resveratrol and its moderate consumption can bring health benefits, excess alcohol consumption carries several risks. However, the grape skin compound is available as a supplement.