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Compound Found in Red Wine may Help Brain Injuries

by Bruce of Brews on Jun 7, 2011 in Wine
Compound Found in Red Wine may Help Brain Injuries

Researchers at the University of Texas may have found a link between a compound found in the skin of red grapes, and reducing long term damage to the brain following a trauma.

The chemical in question is resveratrol. In studies with animals, it significantly reduced long term damage to the brain when introduced immediately after an injury.

Before you run off to your local liquor store following a concussion, Dr. Joshua Gatson--who is leading the studies at the Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas--remarks that you would need to consume around 50 glasses of wine to receive the amount of resveratrol needed to make a noticeable difference.

While resveratrol is thought to have other potentially beneficial effects (such as lowering blood sugar and bad cholesterol), it’s application for the human brain has yet to be confirmed.

The next step for Dr. Gatson is to introduce the chemical to boxers following their bouts and observe the affects. Two dozen boxers will be used for the study and will take a supplement form of the chemical within two hours of their match, and every succeeding day for the following week.

In case you’re wondering, fifty glasses of wine equates to about eight bottles, which if you somehow managed to drink in one sitting, you would certainly end up in worse shape than you originally were.


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