The health benefits of resveratrol are the subject of two promising new reports. One new report reveals that resveratrol, long touted for its heart protective qualities, may be more effective than conventional chemotherapy in treating 5 cancers. Another contends that resveratrol may soon defer aging effects and prolong life for less than $1 per day.
Resveratrol Health Benefits: Curing Various Cancers
The Capital Times reported Friday that resveratrol, a component of red wine, can shrink tumors and kill malignant cancer cells without harming healthy cells in 5 types of cancer. The cancers resveratrol has been shown effective in treating in mice include skin melanoma, breast cancer, neuroblastoma, ocular melanoma and retinal blastoma.
Arthur Polans heads a research group at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health that has been studying resveratrol’s treatment potential for cancers for 5 years. His group recently applied for permission to use resveratrol in treating babies and children with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system.
Resveratrol Health Benefits: Deferring Aging Effects, Prolonging Life
New medical evidence is emerging that resveratrol may defer aging-related diseases and prolong life. CBS’ 60 Minutes last night interviewed Dr. Christoph Westphal who contends that new research likens resveratrol to the fountain of youth. Westphal and his partner David Sinclair, a biochemist who 5 years ago proved that the lifespan of yeast could be extended, formed a research company, Sirtrus, to explore the effects of concentrated resveratrol on longevity. What they have found so far is exciting. Comparing fat mice fed resveratrol to fat mice not fed resveratrol, the resveratrol group live 20% longer and can run twice as fast. The resveratrol mice also do not gain as much weight from food consumption as mice not fed resveratrol. The post-mortem exams on the resveratrol mice disclosed internal organs that appeared youthful and fat-free.
Resveratrol Health Benefits: Preventing Heart Disease
It has been widely reported in the past two decades that resveratrol is believed to play a role in reducing heart disease. Researchers have been fascinated by the French paradox, referring to low rate of heart disease among the French despite their consumption of high fat foods associated with heart disease. Their concommitant consumption of red wine, with its protective resveratrol, may be the explanation.
Resveratrol Pills Patent Pending
Researchers have applied for a patent on a concentrated pill form of resveratrol known as Longevinex. A single dose of Longevinex contains 100 mg of resveratrol and is expected to cost less than $1 per day.