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Memory-Improving Nasal Spray

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It’s a dream come true for many college students used to late-night studying. Scientists in Germany have developed a nasal spray containing a molecule from the body’s immune system that can help the brain retain memories during sleep.

Researchers with the University of Lubeck in Germany had 17 healthy young men read either an emotional or neutral short story before bed. Each also had either a fluid containing the immunoregulatory signal interleukin-6 (IL-6) or a placebo sprayed into their nostrils before going to sleep. The next morning subjects wrote down as many words as they could remember from each of the two stories. Those who received the dose of IL-6 could remember more words.

“This is an exciting piece of interdisciplinary science, since IL-6 had previously been considered a by-product of inflammation, not an agent that affects cognition,” said Dr. Gerald Weissmann of The FASEB Journal.

According to, vitamin B12 is one of the key vitamins for improving memory in healthy people. Nutritional supplements containing carnitine, coenzyme Q10, DMAE, ginkgo, huperzine A and kava all have special uses in treating age-related memory loss.


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The Secrets of Resveratrol’s Health Benefits

Scientists have unraveled a mystery that has perplexed scientists since resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine and other foods, was first discovered to have health benefits: how does it control inflammation?
…………….RED WINE.
New research explains resveratrol’s effect on inflammation, and also shows how it can be used to treat potentially deadly inflammatory disease, such as appendicitis, peritonitis, and systemic sepsis.

Resveratrol stops inflammation with a one-two punch that prevents your body from creating two different molecules known to trigger inflammation — sphingosine kinase and phospholipase D.

Science Daily August 3, 2009
The FASEB Journal August 2009;23:2412-2424

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Healthy Secret of Red Wine Uncorked

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Resveratrol in red wine is known for controlling inflammation and promoting health. However, how the ingredient works was not known to  scientists – up till now.

In the FASEB Journal, scientists from Scotland and Singapore have unravelled how resveratrol works as an effective therapy for life-threatening inflammation.

The study, not only explains resveratrol’s one-two punch on inflammation, but also shows how it-or a derivative-can be used to treat potentially deadly inflammatory disease, such as appendicitis, peritonitis, and systemic sepsis.

“Strong acute inflammatory diseases such as sepsis are very difficult to treat and many die every day due to lack of treatment,” said Alirio Melendez, senior lecturer on the faculty of medicine at Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre in Scotland and one of the researchers involved in the work.

“Moreover, many survivors of sepsis develop a very low quality of life due to the damage that inflammation causes to several internal organs. The ultimate goal of our study was to identify a potential novel therapy to help in the treatment of strong acute inflammatory diseases,” the expert added.

To reach the conclusion, researchers administered an inflammatory agent to two groups of mice. One group was pretreated with resveratrol and the other group was not. The mice that were not pre-treated with resveratrol experienced a strong inflammatory response, simulating disease in humans, while the group pretreated with resveratrol was protected from the inflammation.

The scientists then examined the tissues of the mice to determine exactly how resveratrol was able to protect the mice from inflammation. They found that resveratrol used a one-two punch to stop inflammation in the mice by preventing the body from creating two different molecules known to trigger inflammation, sphingosine kinase and phospholipase D.

This finding suggests that resveratrol may be harnessed as a treatment for inflammatory diseases and may also lead to entirely new resveratrol-based drugs that are even more effective.

“The therapeutic potential of red wine has been bottled up for thousands of years,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, “and now that scientists have uncorked its secrets, they find that studies of how resveratrol works can lead to new treatments for life-threatening inflammation.”

Source: The Times Of India

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