The herbal compound in red wine should be protected from stress
Researchers at Buffalo University in New York have discovered that red wine contains a herbal compound designed to protect against depression and stress.
Red wine tastes delicious, relaxing – and is it healthy?
It's a myth that stubbornly exists: red wine should be healthy and protect against heart attacks and strokes. Other studies claim the opposite. According to this, the risk of premature death is increased by 20 percent if you drink more than three glasses of wine a week.
But now a New York-based Chinese-American research team has discovered that red wine contains the herbal compound Resveratrol, which can reduce stress and protect against depression. According to a study published on the University's homepage and in the journal Neuropharmacology, Resveratrol seeks to block the effects of enzymes related to stress control in the brain.
The herbal compound resveratrol is found in grapes, raspberries, peanuts and chocolate. But especially the skin and red grape seeds have an increased proportion of resveratrol. Resveratrol is said to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Resveratrol is used as an anti-aging ingredient in the beauty industry.
Resveratrol as a natural protection against depression
"Resveratrol could be an effective alternative to medication for patients with depression and anxiety disorders," said Professor Ying Xu of the University of Buffalo Pharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the homepage. In previous studies, it has been linked to many health benefits.
The relationship of the compound to the phosphodiesterase 4 enzyme, which is influenced by the stress hormone corticosterone, was previously unknown. The research lays the foundation for the use of resveratrol in new antidepressants.
Red wine still poses health risks
Researchers emphasize: However, this research should not be a free choice to increase red wine consumption. Red wine is a stimulant, which can cause addiction and cause health. Researchers at the University of Buffalo point out in their study the many health risks of red health.