The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences forum on Resveratrol.
In July, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences released multiple review articles on “Resveratrol and Health” (volume 1290). The Annals was established in 1823 and are among the world's oldest and most prestigious publications. The fact that they dedicated an entire book to resveratrol research continues to support the notion among scientists (and the public) of the importance this natural compound has on our health. Although many articles were published, we have selected three to discuss and encourage the reading of the others.
Articles From The New York Academy of Sciences forum on Resveratrol:
The first article, entitled “Resveratrol and cellular mechanisms of cancer prevention,” discusses the use of natural compounds as agents for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Much evidence supports Resveratrol's good use as a biological weapon against cancer. Based on this evidence, multiple clinical trials are being conducted to treat numerous human afflictions. In this review, the authors focus on the various pathways in which Resveratrol exerts its potential as a potent anticancer drug and advocate using Resveratrol for cancer afflictions.
The second article, “Resveratrol: a cardioprotective substance,” discusses coronary heart disease (CHD) as a deadly yet preventable disease. This article begins by reviewing the “French paradox,” referring to Mediterranean regions where people live a lifestyle with high-risk factors for CHD. Yet, because of the consumption of red wine, the incidence of CHD remains low. This review summarizes results done in cells and on animals demonstrating that Resveratrol exerts the cardioprotective activities of red wine. The article also discusses the specific protein targets of Resveratrol and outlines a framework for uncovering other cardioprotective properties of Resveratrol.
The final selected article, “Effects of resveratrol on fat mobilization,” discusses the importance of using phytochemicals (chemicals produced by plants) that inhibit high body fat levels. These natural plant products, of which Resveratrol is an example, work their magic by preventing the creation of more adipose tissue (otherwise known as fat), the enlargement of the current fat cells, and increasing the degradation of fat molecules within fat cells. The article also discusses the potential of using Resveratrol in fat-reducing products to decrease weight.
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