Compound Found In Red Wine May Exhibit Antidepressant-Like Effects

Resveratrol, a naturally occurring polyphenol (plant derived) compound found in red wines may help stave off symptoms of depression and anxiety according to a newly released study published in Neuropharmacology.

That evening glass of wine so many seem to enjoy as a means to unwind may very well be helping you relax in ways we’ve never understood before. And it’s not just the alcohol.

“Resveratrol may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders,” says Ying Xu, MD, PhD

This latest research reveals that resveratrol displays some anti-stress properties by helping to block certain enzymes that control stress in the human brain. A release from the University of Buffalo, where the study originated, explains all in more detail.

Resveratrol, which has previously been linked to other health benefits due to its anti-oxidant properties, is found in the skin and seeds of grapes and berries. It was shown to display some neuro-protective effects against corticosterone, a hormone that helps to regulate the body’s response to stress.

While still a long ways off from medical application, this research does lay the groundwork for a wider usage of this compound in other depression and anxiety studies.