A study from the University of Buffalo found that a compound in red wine called resveratrol displays anti-stress and antidepressant effects by blocking the expression of an enzyme related to the control of stress in the brain.
Resveratrol may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. ~ Dr. Ying Xu, co-lead author and research associate professor in the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Resveratrol, which has been linked to a number of health benefits, is a compound found in the skin and seeds of grapes and berries.
The new study, published in the journal Neuropharmacology, resveratrol was found to display neuroprotective effects against the stress hormone corticosterone by inhibiting the expression of an enzyme called phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4).