Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Resveratrol's Healthy Effects

Resveratrol is a simple polyphenol found in red wine, chocolate and coffee. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resveratrol

Yesterday I attended a talk by Joseph Baur, Ph.D. at the New York Academy of Sciences about it. See http://www.nyas.org/events/Detail.aspx?cid=2b52eab3-4139-4629-87ee-e0431b58c9b5

Several studies were mentioned where resveratrol's effects on gene SIRT-1 were similar to the effects of a lowered daily calorie intake on mice and other rodents. The effects included bringing the rodents' health back to pre-obesity conditions with better cardiovascular and liver health and increased amount of muscle cell mitochondria.

Resveratrol has been found to have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects.Below is a list of some studies that the speaker mentioned or that I found. The speaker stressed that results are not conclusive and more studies need to be done. This is not an excuse to drink or eat too much. I may update this post shortly.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8593887.stm

http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/abstract/S1550-4131%2811%2900386-X

http://ard.bmj.com/content/71/Suppl_1/A90.2

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15832402


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