Resveratrol. Is it the answer?

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60 Minutes ran a segment about the health benefits of red wine, specifically the apparent powers of resveratrol, a polyphenol that is found in the skin of grapes and is thought to prevent illness and promote longevity (the Brain Fitness Blog reported on this a few months ago). Resveratrol is said to have a role in preventing clots and is believed to inhibit the production of LDL cholesterol. The 60 Minutes episode highlighted the work of Dr. Christoph Westphal and Harvard biochemist David Sinclair, whose research suggests that resveratrol can delay the aging process and prevent many gerontological diseases. A few years ago, scientists reported that resveratrol may discourage the onset of one such illness, Alzheimer’s. It is also claimed that this antioxidant can boost stamina, reduce lung inflammation stemming from chronic pulmonary disease, and help stave off cancer. Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, also say that they’ve isolated the chemical and given it to mice.  The mice given high doses of Resveratrol were able to run farther, didn’t gain as much weight, and lived 20% longer.

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One thought on “Resveratrol. Is it the answer?

  1. Dick Miller

    I like the idea that you are advancing the information on resveratrol. It will have a tremendous impact on medicine in the future. What I believe is developing into a serious problem is the fact that the drug companies are not releasing their research reports in an effort to shut the alternative market down and in turn claim resveratrol and quercetin are claimed by the pharmaceutical industry.

    This is a subject that will have tremendous growth. Keep up the good work.

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