Resveratrol for the Elderly

Findings from the Resveratrol for Improved Performance in Elders (RIPE) trial were recently presented at the 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America. The conference offered more than 400 scientific sessions to over 4,000 leaders in the field of aging from around the world.

The RIPE study—a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted by researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville—followed cognitively-intact men and women who orally ingested resveratrol in either 300-mg/d or 1000-mg/d doses over a 90-day period.

Compared to placebo, resveratrol supplementation taken in the 1000-mg/d dose significantly increased processing speed and increased blood flow to the brain.

“Our findings are supportive of a short-term course of resveratrol supplementation for enhancing psychomotor speed and increasing hippocampal activation. We also observed exciting trends suggesting memory was improved,” said lead researcher Steve Anton, PhD. “The results are very promising and show that resveratrol may have a predictable positive impact on cognitive function in older adults.” According to Anton, many adults over 60 experience memory recall problems, and research suggests memory loss worsens with advancing age.