Smart Ingredients for Brain Health

December 11th, 2017

The Veri-te™ resveratrol team were delighted that Veri-te™ resveratrol made the short list in an article published in Nutrition Outlook last month on ingredients for brain health.

Brain health supplements are a growing market segment thanks to several recent research developments and the rise of age-related cognitive decline. One market report by Research and Markets states that the global brain health supplement market was worth $2.3 billion (USD) in 2015, and worldwide sales of brain health supplements are projected to exceed $11 billion (USD) by 2024.1

This report points to an aging population of highly educated professionals as the driving force behind the growth in demand.

As demand for brain health ingredients grows, so does interest in research that demonstrates the value of new and established nutrients for promoting healthy brain function. New studies continue to demonstrate the specialized beneficial effects of various compounds on the brain, particularly for memory and cognition support.

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While there are too many brain health ingredients on the market to examine them all in one sitting, what follows is a shortlist of some popular ingredients with new studies that demonstrate their benefits.

Evolva’s team says that resveratrol supports a balanced inflammation response in the brain and improves cerebral blood flow, which results in mood and cognition benefits.

Recent human studies indicate that regular resveratrol intake can support brain function in both patients with Alzheimer’s disease and normal, healthy individuals. One randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial gave varying doses (500 mg/day to 2 grams/day) of resveratrol to 119 patients with Alzheimer’s disease for 52 weeks. This clinical trial found that relative to a placebo, resveratrol resulted in an improvement in Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Activities of Daily Living Scale scores, changed AD biomarker trajectories, modulated neuroinflammation, and induced adaptive immunity.1

A second randomized clinical trial found that 75 mg of resveratrol given twice per day for 14 weeks improved performance on verbal learning and semantic memory tasks and boosted blood flow in the brains of 80 healthy postmenopausal women.2

The Evolva team says that these studies showcase the mood-boosting and cognitive-enhancing properties of resveratrol and also serve as a jumping-off point for investigations into resveratrol’s long-term health effects: “The same research group is conducting a bigger follow-up study where they investigate the effects of Veri-te resveratrol in cerebrovascular function, cognitive performance, and bone health.”

Click here to read the Nutrition Outlook article in full: Smart Ingredients for Brain Health



  1. Turner RS et al. “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of resveratrol for Alzheimer disease.” Neurology, vol. 85, no. 16. (October 2015): 1383–1391
  2. Evans HM et al. “Effects of resveratrol on cognitive performance, mood and cerebrovascular function in post-menopausal women; a 14-week randomized placebo-controlled intervention trial.” Nutrients, vol. 9, no. 1 (January 2017): 27