It’s time to raise a glass to resveratrol: The compound in red wine best known for supporting heart health has shown additional benefits in two separate studies.
In one study, Chinese researchers found a link between resveratrol and skeletal health.
A team at Sun Yat-Sen University asked 2,140 people to complete a 79-item dietary survey. The average age of the participants was 70.6 years.
The team then analyzed the survey data to discover each person’s resveratrol intake. What the researchers found is that participants consuming the most resveratrol saw their risk of hip fracture fall by 46.7%.
What’s more, according to results published in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition, these results weren’t affected by factors such as gender and body mass.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation says that an estimated 10 million Americans are threatened by osteoporosis, in which bones are so weak that they become prone to fractures, while another 44 million have bone density levels that are lower than normal.
In the other study, scientists found a link between resveratrol and stress control.
A research team led by the University of Buffalo found that stressed mice produced an enzyme called PDE4, which is linked to symptoms of both anxiety and depression. PDE4’s actions can lead to physical alterations in the brain.
As reported in the journal Neuropharmacology, resveratrol was able to inhibit PDE4.
Participants in a recent American Psychiatric Association survey reported increasing levels of stress among all age groups, with nearly four in 10 people (39%) saying that their anxiety levels had risen over the course of a year.