Could red wine improve cognitive performance?

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages”, said Louis Pasteur. Through the biological activity of several classes of organic compounds such as anthocyanins, tannins and flavonoids, red wine is known to have beneficial effects on health, when consumed in moderation. These natural organic compounds, in particular flavonoids, show anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties, thus beneficially affecting health. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the positive effects of flavonoids remain unknown. In a recent paper published in PLOS ONE, Torres-Perez and colleagues investigated the neurobiological effects of the natural flavonoid found in grapes Resveratrol (RVTL) on hippocampal neuroplasticity and cognitive performance in rodents using a wide range of techniques (Torres-Perez et al., 2015). Although several reports have already highlighted a neuroprotective effect of RVTL (Sonmez et al.,…

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