From previous studies, we already known that two vital nutrients — vitamin D and resveratrol — can each lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia individually.
Now, it looks like these two powerful nutrients in combination are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to protecting your memories against Alzheimer’s disease. And for those already suffering with age-related memory loss, the good news is that vitamin D and resveratrol can also improve Alzheimer’s-related memory problems!
The power of two
In a recent study, researchers fed either vitamin D, resveratrol, or a vitamin D-resveratrol combo to mice with Alzheimer’s-like memory problems. Their results showed that the memory-impaired mice who received the vitamin D-resveratrol combination performed significantly better on memory tests than their counterparts who received only one (or none) of these nutrients.
The researchers also found that, in combination, vitamin D and resveratrol decreased levels of beta amyloid in the mice’s hippocampus — the area of the brain involved in forming and preserving memories.
Excess beta amyloid in your brain can lead to the plaques and tangles that can cause Alzheimer’s disease!
So, if you have Alzheimer’s or simply want to avoid it, step into the sunshine more often and don’t be shy to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner on a regular basis.
Of course, during the cold winter months getting enough sunshine is easier said than done, but you can still top up your vitamin D levels with foods like fish (particularly salmon and sardines), beef liver, egg yolks, and mushrooms.
Vitamin D supplements are also available online or from your local health food store for just pennies a day. And if you don’t care for red wine invest in a high-quality resveratrol supplement.
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Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.
Investigators at Soochow University Zero in on Proteomics, lifeextension.com/News/LefDailyNews?NewsID=27094&Section=VITAMINS
Vitamin D Combined with Resveratrol Prevents Cognitive Decline in SAMP8 Mice, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28176624