While drinking too much alcohol at once has been known to cause memory loss, a recent study suggests that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol when youre over 60 may be associated with a better ability to recall memories of events.
Participants in the study included 660 patients in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort. All of the participants completed surveys to determine their level of alcohol consumption and demographics. In addition, the researchers conducted neuropsychological assessments and MRIs to determine whether or not they were genetically at risk for Alzheimers disease.
After examining all of the information, the researchers discovered an association between moderate alcohol consumption, higher episodic memory, and larger hippocampal brain volume. They did not find any association between moderate alcohol consumption and executive function or overall mental ability.
The link between light alcohol consumption and episodic memory was not seen when hippocampal volume was factored in. This suggests that hippocampal functioning may be the critical factor in these improvements.
Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on September 7, 2014, in the American Journal of Alzheimers Disease & Other Dementias.
Previous studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption may be associated with a lower risk of heart disease and extending life expectancy. These benefits are particularly apparent with wine consumption because wine is high in a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory called resveratrol.
It is important not to get carried away, however, because the negative effects of heavy drinking quickly overcome the potential benefits associated with 1-2 drinks a night.
When joints become inflamed, whether from injury or age, it can lead to joint pain and restricted range of motion. A recent study suggests that taking a supplement of antioxidant-rich apple peel powder may improve range of motion and rotation in joints as well as reduce pain.
Participants in the study included 12 people between the ages of 48 and 73 who had reduced range of motion and chronic pain in their joints. They were given 4.25 grams of organic apple peel powder once a day for twelve weeks.
At the conclusion of the study, the participants showed improvements in range of motion in their backs and rotation improvement in the thoracic, lumbar, and hip joints. They also reported decreased pain.
They also had improved serum antioxidant protection status. Antioxidants help fight oxidative stress and reduce inflammation.
Researchers from NIS Labs conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on October 1, 2014, in the Journal of Medicinal Food.
Apple peel powder is rich in antioxidants and fiber. Previous studies suggest that, in addition to joint health, apple peel powder may aid with cardiovascular health, cognitive function, immune health, and healthy stress responses.