New Study Attempts to Unravel Resveratrol Mysteries

Research has shown it may be healthful, but what exactly does it do?


Feb. 15, 2012 – After reports of Dr. Dipak Das allegedly falsifying research on the health benefits of red wine and resveratrol shook the wine community last month, a new study comes to rescue the chemical’s reputation.

The study, performed by the National Institutes of Health, found evidence that resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine, may protect against type-2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses, according to Wine The study, published in Cell, found that resveratrol both inhibited enzymes that cause muscle degradation in mice and acted as an anti-inflammatory.

    In addition, the study found that resveratrol appeared to activate proteins called sirtuins, which are believed to repair DNA and extend lifespan. But don’t go chugging Pinot Noir thinking you’ll be the next Wolverine just yet. Dr. Jay Chung, the lead scientist in the study, told Wine Spectator that resveratrol causes complicated chemical reactions that can actually cause adverse health effects. Because little is known about resveratrol’s impact on the body, Chung said further study is necessary.

From Wine Spectator:

“The medical community is calling for more study. ‘Don’t get me wrong: It’s interesting research, that could—emphasis on 'could'—open the door someday to new treatments for heart disease, diabetes, memory loss and other chronic conditions,’ wrote P.J. Skerrett, editor of Harvard's health blog, in an online post. ‘But it doesn’t merit the hype that comes with almost any new research on resveratrol.’”

Read the full article here!

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