Friday, October 2, 2009

Resveratrol, the miracle nutrient to prevent heart disease

(NaturalNews) You've probably heard a lot of the good news about resveratrol and its ability to help prevent heart disease. Here, we've posted a collection of valuable quotes about resveratrol from some of the world's best-known authors. Read and enjoy!

Hu zhang {Polygonum cuspidatum) is a Chinese herb (actually a weed) that is the world's richest source of resveratrol, the phytochemical also found in red wine that has generated a huge buzz for its disease-preventive actions in the body. A large body of research supports the role of resveratrol in resisting cancer, inflammation and heart disease. Resveratrol has been found to suppress the activation of inflammatory cytokines and COX-2, and shows special promise in preventing and slowing the progression of breast cancer. Resveratrol is also a potent antioxidant.
- Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life by James Occhiogrosso, N. D.

White wine also contains resveratrol, but the seeds and skins are removed early in the white wine-making process, reducing the amount of resveratrol in the final product. Antioxidants like resveratrol are beneficial in preventing harmful elements in the body from attacking healthy cells. The antioxidant properties of resveratrol also offer certain health benefits in the prevention of heart disease and the reduction of lung tissue inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.

Resveratrol reverses tumor-promoter-induced inhibition of gap-junctional intercellular communication. The red wine phenolics trans-resveratrol and quercetin block human platelet aggregation and eicosanoid synthesis: implications for protection against coronary heart disease.
- PDR for Nutritional Supplements by Sheldon Saul Hendler and David Rorvik

Several plants, including grapevine, produce the stilbene-type phytoalexin resveratrol when attacked by pathogens. This compound appears to be one of the health-promoting factors of grapevine, which are associated with reduced risk of heart diseases (popularly known as "the French paradox") and long recognized by folk medicine. Clinical studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of resveratrol, isolated from red wine, on cardiovascular disease and confirmed the involvement of resveratrol in fighting arteriosclerosis and vascular tissue diseases.
- Handbook of Medicinal Plants by Amarjit S. Basra

At the time that book was written, Japanese researchers had just discovered an antifungal compound in grapes called resveratrol, which lowered cholesterol levels in rats and showed promise of doing the same in humans. Since then, researchers at the University of Illinois, under the direction of Dr. John Pezzuto, have uncovered new and exciting information about resveratrol. Studies have shown that resveratrol may prevent heart disease in two important ways. First, it inhibits the formation of blood clots, which can trigger both heart attack and stroke.
- Earl Mindell's Supplement Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to Hundreds of NEW Natural Products that Will Help You Live Longer, Look Better, Stay Healthier, ... and Much More! by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D.

Preliminary studies have found that people who drink red wine, which contains resveratrol (page 581), are at lower risk of death from heart disease. Because of its antioxidant activity and its effect on platelets, some researchers believe that resveratrol is the protective agent in red wine. Resveratrol research remains very preliminary, however, and as yet there is no evidence that the amounts found in supplements help prevent atherosclerosis in humans.

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