New York Academy of Sciences forum on Resveratrol – RevGenetics

New York Academy of Sciences forum on Resveratrol

The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences forum on Resveratrol.

By Dr. Hector Valenzuela

During the month of July the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, released multiple review articles on the topic of “Resveratrol and Health” (volume 1290). The Annals was established in 1823 and is among the oldest and most prestigious publications in the word. The fact that they dedicated an entire volume to resveratrol research continues to support the notion among scientists (and the public) of the importance of 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. A large amount of evidence supports resveratrol promising use as a natural weapon against cancer. It is based on this evidence that multiple clinical trials are being conducted to treat multiple human afflictions. In this review, the authors focus on the multiple pathways in which resveratrol exerts its potential as a powerful anticancer drug and advocate the use of resveratrol for cancer afflictions.

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The second article entitled, “Resveratrol: a cardioprotective substance” discusses coronary heart disease (CHD) as a deadly but 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 both in cells and on animals demonstrating that it is resveratrol that 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 produce by plants) that inhibit high levels of body fat. These natural plant products of which resveratrol is an example of, work their magic by preventing the creation of more adipose tissue (otherwise know as fat), the enlargement of the current fat cells and by increasing the degradation of fat molecules within fat cells. The article also discusses the very interesting potential of using resveratrol in combination with other fat reducing products to decrease weight.

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